William Wailes was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he established a stained glass business in 1838. The business was highly successful with an enormous output that can be seen throughout the country. Soon becoming, along with Hardman, the largest provincial studio. Wailes’s son in law, Thomas Rankin Strang (1835-99) became a partner in 1861 and as Wailes & Strang the firm continued to make stained glass until the first world war.
Victorian Stained Glass by Martin Harrison (London : Barrie & Jenkins, 1980)
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