Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stained glass artist and supplier, of Newcastle, for whom see Martin Harris, Victorian Stained Glass (London, 1985).(1)  William Wailes supplied a number of stained-glass windows for Irish churches, both Catholic and Protestant.

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(1) For another account of Wailes's career, see Patricia Butler, Nun's Cross Church, Co. Wicklow, and its treasures (2016), 131-135.


24 work entries listed in chronological order for WAILES, WILLIAM *#


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, BLACKROCK, TEMPLE ROAD, CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST (RC)
Date: 1845
Nature: Glass in tripartite window & 'catherine wheel' over altar.
Refs: Catholic Directory (1845), 240; N. Donnelly, Short Histories of Dublin Parishes, I, 115

Building: CO. DUBLIN, CASTLEKNOCK, CHURCH OF ST BRIGID (CI)
Date: 1850p
Nature: E window.
Refs: David Lawrence, ‘Church of Ireland: The United Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough: Stained-Glass Windows' (RCB report, 2002), II, 38

Building: CO. WICKLOW, GREYSTONES, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (CI)
Date: 1856p
Nature: Triple lancet E window (Emblems of the Evangelists;  Resurrection).
Refs: Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/search/window/building.2974/studio.63/results (last visited, Jan 2010).

Building: CO. KILDARE, CELBRIDGE, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1858
Nature: Stained glass by Hardman of Birmingham and Wailes of Newcastle.
Refs: B 16, 27 Mar 1858, 214

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, SUNDAYS WELL ROAD, CHURCH OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL (RC)
Date: 1861ca
Nature: Glass in 5-light E window.
Refs: B 19, 28 Sep 1861, 668

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PATRICK STREET, ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL (CI)
Date: 1864-65
Nature: 2 stained-glass windows, one at W end (scenes from life of St Patrick), other in S transept (fall, temptation and promises) and redemption of man). For Benjamin Lee Guinness.
Refs: DB 6, 15 Mar 1864, 50; David Lawrence, ‘Church of Ireland: The National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Patrick, Dublin: Stained-Glass Windows' (RCB report, 2001), 40

Building: CO. ANTRIM, AHOGHILL, CHURCH OF ST COLMANELL (CI)
Date: 1865
Nature: Stained glass in new church.
Refs: DB 7, 1 Sep 1865, 214

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, CHURCH ROAD, CHRIST CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1865ca;1870
Nature: E window (Last Supper and Ascension) c 1865, and memorial window in N wall of sanctuary (Conversion of St Paul, Stoning of St Stephen), 1870
Refs: David Lawrence, ‘Church of Ireland: The United Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough: Stained-Glass Windows' (RCB report, 2002), II, 35,36

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BROUGHSHANE, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (CI, RATHCAVAN PARISH)
Date: 1865ca?
Nature: Two 2-light windows (The Last Supper, Christ on the sea of Gallilee with Peter).Latter in memory of David Grainger, shipowner, Belfast.
Refs: Designs for  two 2-light windows, one signed W.Wailes - Newcastle on Tyne - 1870' and the other 'Wailes and Strang/Newcastle on Tyne' in IAA, Acc. 2011/90.2/1-2;  B.H. Blacker, 'Sketches of Irish Churches' in Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 13, no. 150, 22 Nov 1871, 232.

Building: CO. ARMAGH, KILLYLEA, CHURCH OF ST MARK (CI)
Date: 1865p;1867.
Nature: 2 stained glass windows in S wall of nave:Jacob blessing his sons, in memory of Maxwell Cross (d. 1865);  Edpulsion of Hagar & Ishmael,1867, in memory of William Cross.
Refs: Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/3404/ (last visited, Aug 2014).

Building: CO. LIMERICK, LIMERICK, BAKER'S PLACE, CHURCH OF ST SAVIOUR (RC, DOMINICAN)
Date: 1866
Nature: Stained glass for great E window (Transfiguration).
Refs: Freeman's Journal, 4 Jan 1866;  DB 8, 15 Feb 1866, 53; M. Lenihan, Limerick; its history and antiquities (1866), 653 (gives date as 1864)

Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, SHOP STREET, CHURCH OF ST AUGUSTINE (RC, AUGUSTINIAN)
Date: 1866
Nature: Glass for 7-light E window including figures of SS Augustine, Monica, Nicholas of Tolentino, Patrick. (Replaced by Harry Clarke glass.)
Refs: DB 8, 1 Jun 1866, 147; B 24, 9 Jun 1866, 432; Drogheda Argus, 16 Jun 1866.

Building: CO. MEATH, MOYGLARE, CHURCH OF ST PAUL (CI)
Date: 1866
Nature: Stained glass in 3-light E window (SS. Paul, James the Less & Peter) and 4 W lancets (4 Evangelists).
Refs: DB 8, 1 Jun 1866, 147

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWTOWNARDS, CHURCH OF ST MARK (CI)
Date: 1866
Nature: Glass in rose window at E end.
Refs: DB 8, 1 Dec 1866, 288

Building: CO. WICKLOW, NUN'S CROSS (ARKLOW), CHURCH (CI, KILLISKEY PARISH)
Date: 1867
Nature: Triple lancet window in S wall of nave (Good Shepherd; Agony in the Garden; Christ blessing the Children) in memory of Robert Truell and Robert Holt Truell attr. to WW by David Lawrence in Glioine.
Refs: Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/2937/ (last visited, Sep 2017);  Patricia Butler, Nun's Cross Church, Co. Wicklow, and its treasures (2016), 131-135(illus.).

Building: CO. CAVAN, KILMORE (CAVAN), CATHEDRAL OF ST FETHLIMIDH (CI)
Date: 1869
Nature: Glass in E window (Parables of the 10 Virgins, Good Samaritan & Prodigal Son).
Refs: B.H. Blacker, Sketches of Irish Churches (1871-73), No. 12: Kilmore Cathedral;  Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/3404/ (last visited, Aug 2014); Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 393. 

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS (CI)
Date: 1870
Nature: New east window depicting 10 scenes from life of Christ. Stone tracery removed.
Refs: Ulster Journal of Archaeology (1897), 30;  Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/3442/ (last visited, Feb 2015).

Building: CO. CORK, FERMOY, CHRIST CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1876p
Nature: Triple lancet window in S transept (Good Shepherd, St John., St Paul).  Gift of Lady Abercromby in memory of George Samul Abercromby; 'about to be erected' in Oct 1876.
Refs: Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 18, no, 210, 24 Oct 1876, 325;  Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/3252/ (last visited, Sep 2015).

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, CHURCH STREET, CHURCH OF ST COLUMBA (CI, DRUMRAGH PARISH)
Date: 1877
Nature: Stained-glass window (The Great Physician) in memory of Henry Thompson by Wailes & Co.. Given by Masonic Lodge.
Refs: B 35, 1 Sep 1877, 892 (information from David Lawrence, Gladestry, Powys, Jan 2011).

Building: CO. GALWAY, MONIVEA, CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1880ca
Nature: Stained glass window, Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Christ. (Moved to Drumlane Church of Ireland church, cut down and placed in central light of E window,1964.)
Refs: Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/3063/ (last visited, Aug 2014).

Building: CO. KERRY, KILLARNEY, MAIN STREET, CHURCH OF ST MARY (CI)
Date: 1881
Nature: W window erected, Apr 1881. Gift of Countess of Bantry in memory of her brother, Henry Arthur Herbert, MP. Represents Melchisedic meeting Abraham, Israelites gathering manna, Feeding of Five Thousand and Supper at Emmaus with Last Supper in large rose.
Refs: Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 23, no. 69, 280; no. 86, 20 Aug 1881, 573;   illus. in Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/3122/ (last visited, Sep 2016).

Building: CO. DERRY, CASTLEROCK, CHRIST CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1891
Nature: Triple lancet W window filled with stained glass by Wailes & Strang as memorial to late Lady Bruce.
Refs: Building News 62, 1 Jan 1892, 5;  Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/3347/ (last visited, Dec 2014).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARNMONEY, CHURCH OF THE HOLY EVANGELISTS (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: E window (4 Evangelists) and 3 2-light side windows (6 Acts of Mercy) by William Wailes; transept windows (N: Christ stilling the tempest, and S: Ascension) and 4th side window (Good Samaritan) by James Warrington, Connaught Tce, Hyde Park, London. London. In this church, or in St Patrick's, Jordanstown?
Refs: B.H. Blacker, Sketches of Irish Churches (1871-73), ?

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WOODSTOCK ROAD, NO. 263, WILLOWFIELD PARISH CHURCH (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: 'quaint and novel' stained glass.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett architect files, citing 'McNeice'