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Window from Stockport Sunday School

circa 1805

Stained glass window from Stockport Sunday School. The large arched window depicts scenes from the life of St Mary and is mounted in a wooden frame. 

The window is from Stockport Sunday School. A school which was for the education of children of all denominations. It was founded in 1784 by Matthew Mayer. By 1859 it had become the largest Sunday School in the world with 3,781 pupils and 435 teachers.

Sunday Schools were very important. Before the passing of the 1870 Education Act they provided the only source of education for children.

The school was situated on London Square, near Wellington Street, Stockport. The window was salvaged before it closed in 1970. The building has since been demolished.

Numerous prints of the school building are also held in the Stockport Museums collection alongside educational artefacts including slates, furniture, inkwells, school prizes and books original to the school.