Tewkesbury Abbey Project

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, England, is a parish church and a former Benedictine monastery built between 1102 and 1121. When the wiring in the lighting system, dating from the 1970s and 1980s, began to fail, the abbey made the decision to replace the aging fixtures.

Following the implementation of TTX2.111 and TTX2.70 spotlights and other products from Mike Stoane Lighting, the historic interior is revitalized and the church’s energy expenses have been reduced.

Philippa Shaw, the abbey’s executive officer, told Lux magazine: “It’s bringing the building alive. What I love is that the stonework glows with the glorious warmth that you would expect from Cotswold stone, that sometimes we didn’t get from the old industrial units. It’s brought out some highlights that even people who’ve worshipped here for a long time have never noticed before. Around the west window are several beautiful friezes and you just didn’t see how much detail was there until they were actually lit up. They’re absolutely gorgeous.” Shaw said: “I think the old units were probably fairly high tech when they were installed, but 30 years later LED lighting has the ability to pick out highlights on things, it’s just so much more advanced now than it was then.”

Blending modern technology with an ancient structure is no easy task. Mike Stoane Lighting achieved exceptional results by seamlessly integrating their high-performance spotlights into Tewkesbury Abbey. The exquisite details of the architecture will delight visitors and worshippers for many years to come.

Project Name: Tewkesbury Abbey
Project Location: Gloucestershire, England
Lighting Design: Light Perceptions
Photography: Jack Boskett