First World War memorial is donated to St Albans museum

PUBLISHED: 18:36 18 January 2014

Catherine Newley, curator at the Museum of St Albans, with one of the memorial windows

Catherine Newley, curator at the Museum of St Albans, with one of the memorial windows

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World War One memorial windows from a former chapel have been brought back to St Albans thanks to an anonymous donor who spotted them going up for auction on eBay.

The stained glass windows, which show the names of 12 men who lost their lives during the war, came from the Folly Methodist Chapel in Wheathampstead that was demolished in 2006.

The historical artefacts were snapped up by the unknown donor who has given them to the Museum of St Albans where they will be displayed this summer during an exhibition to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Cllr Mike Wakely, portfolio holder for sports, leisure and heritage at the council, said: “These windows are an important piece of local history which could so easily have been lost forever.

“The windows help to document the lives of local men who fought for their country during the First World War.

“We are very grateful to the anonymous donor for their foresight in rescuing the windows, and for their generosity in giving them to St Albans Museums Service.”

Wheathampstead’s Folly Chapel was built in 1887 and used for over 100 years as a Methodist Chapel and Sunday School. It closed in 2004 and the windows were taken out of the building before it was knocked down.

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