Rosalind Grimshaw

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Rosalind Grimshaw BA FMGP (3 March 1945 - 11 November 2020)[1] was a stained glass artist who lived in Clifton, Bristol looking towards the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Grimshaw had Parkinson's disease from her early 30s.

Stained Glass[edit]

In 1975, Grimshaw trained in the stained glass studio of Joseph Bell and Son in Bristol, founded in the Victorian Gothic Revival. Her art attracted a lot of interest.[2]

In 1983, Grimshaw discovered she had Parkinson's disease, however, this did not daunt her. In 1996, Her Parkinsons was getting worse, so the family opened a workshop inside her house.[3] Her masterpiece though was winning the completion to design the Six Days of Creation in the refectory in Chester Cathedral.[4] There was a book about it.[5][6]

Although most of her work was to private commission, her public works include stained glass in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Southmead Hospital in Bristol, St. Chad's, Seighford in Staffordshire, and St. Mary's, Balcombe in West Sussex.

Until her death, Grimshaw had spent around 10 years doing fused-glass work.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Julian of Norwich, portrayed on a stained glass window by Rosalind Grimshaw at St Augustine's Church, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex

Grimshaw, née Neuberger, was born in 1945 and brought up in Highpoint, Highgate with her brother Henry.[8] She attended Camden School for Girls and University of Brighton. She married John Grimshaw in Africa. Then they settled down in Clifton, Bristol, in an artistic commune-style five-story Georgian town-house. After having their fourth child, John told her he had quit his full-time job to found Cyclebag (now Sustrans), a cycling charity. They divorced in the mid-1980s. Then, she got together with Patrick Costello who she met and worked with at Joseph Bell and Son in Bristol.

Apart from her stained glass work, she was variously an Art Teacher, ran "Rainbow" (Arts & Crafts) shop in Clifton.


  1. ^ "BBC - Radio 4 - Last Word". Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  2. ^ "The Stained Glass Museum - Catalogue ELYGM:L2007.4". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "ART Magazine - Winter 2012". Issuu. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ Jardine, Cassandra (1 July 2003). "My triumph over the tremors". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  5. ^ Six Days: The Story of the Making of the Chester Cathedral Creation Window, Aug 2003, ISBN 978-1901970333
  6. ^ "BBC - Radio 4 - Woman's Hour -Stained Glass Windows". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ "BSMGP - Catalogue: Rosalind Grimshaw FMGP". Archived from the original on 23 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Henry Neuberger obituary". The Guardian. 11 January 1999. Retrieved 12 December 2020.