Ward & Hughes / Curtis, Ward & Hughes

Ward & Hughes, detail of east window (1855), Lincoln Cathedral.
Photo: Peter Hildebrand

The partnership between Thomas Ward (1808-70) and Henry Hughes (1822-83) succeeded the earlier partnership of Ward & Nixon. Henry Hughes, who had been a pupil of Nixon’s, became the chief designer, while also producing windows under his own name. On his death the firm was taken over by a relative Thomas Figgis Curtis (1845-1924) and operated as Curtis, Ward & Hughes. The firm continued for a few years after Curtis’s death, in the hands of a cousin, Mrs Ethel Kibblewhite.

A Guide to the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin Swaffham Prior, 3rd Edition, 2016
Nineteenth century Norfolk stained glass by Haward, Birkin (University of East Anglia / Centre of East Anglian Studies, 1984)
Victorian Stained Glass by Martin Harrison (Barrie & Jenkins Ltd, 1980)