The Churches Conservation Trust believes the theft took place between July 24-30 and is appealing to the public to help find and recover the panel.
They described the panel as “irreplaceable” as its removal has destroyed the integrity of the glass scheme designed specifically for the chapel. It is part of a series of windows that were likely commissioned at the time the building was designed in the 1530s.
The windows give the chapel a link to the Tudor Court – the stained glass was donated by Roger Ratcliffe, Gentleman to the Bedchamber of Catherine of Aragon. The windows in the interior also contain the coats of arms of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII.
Flowing Red Locks
The stolen panel measures approximately 14.5 high by 8in wide (37cm x 20cm). It depicts the prophet Ezekiel with flowing red locks, a blue halo and wearing white, black and red robes.
Regional Director at The Churches Conservation Trust Peter Aiers said: “The Trust is devastated by the theft of a stunning and irreplaceable panel of Tudor stained glass from Withcote Chapel. The chapel is an important public building and a repository of history and art, and this is essentially a theft of public property.
“This crime will be very much felt by the local community and marks a significant loss of our shared heritage. We will now do everything possible, working with Leicestershire Police and the local community, to recover this historic item.”
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or call 101, quoting crime reference number 16000 219189.