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Weekend 492.0

(1) Steven Sykes created the hanging cross above the altar at St. Margaret of Scotland in Twickenham. He lived a very extraordinary life. The church and artist are featured in 100 Churches 100 Years published / commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society.

Sykes was born in Formby, Lancashire. His father was a family doctor, A. B. Sykes of Ashhurst, Formby. He went to the Oratory School in Caversham, Berkshire and studied stained glass design at the Royal College of Art. He won a travel scholarship to France and Italy in 1936 and on his return he joined Herbert Hendrie’s stained glass studio in Edinburgh. Sykes married artist Jean Judd in February 1940. At his death in 1999, he left two sons and a daughter.

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