Conservation

Stained glass conservation work

Leaded light rebuild exposed

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Conservation, Current projects, Restoration, Uncategorized

Leaded light rebuild exposed

Montague Road in Cambridge has seen several leaded lights come to my workshop Here is the leaded light apart with the central portion still to be stripped Cracked glass needs to be matched and replaced – this is all caused by the distortion of the leaded panel. As the door slams shut the glass and lead have weight which gradually makes the panel creep – the further from the hinge the greater the force applied. I added some sponge draft excluder to the door surround to soften the closing. Client had this to say on completion: ‘All looks good and hopefully will last a good...

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Tenant’s rebuild delight

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Conservation, Current projects, Uncategorized

Tenant’s rebuild delight

Whitehill Road in Cambridge has a happy tenant with a newly rebuilt leaded light in the front door to welcome them. Door lights work hard and this one was on the point of collapse and has now been fully re-leaded with new came ready for the next 100 years The glass is a mix of unusual colours of ‘hammered’ glass type which was very popular for use in Art Deco styles The customer returned home to view the rebuild and commented:-  You did a fantastic job! – Payment done with many thanks. The house is just around the corner from the famous Abbey Stadium which is the current...

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Zinc lights take major restoration

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in Conservation, Current projects

Zinc lights take major restoration

2015 saw the major restoration for zinc lights in the former home of MP Sir Francis Pym near Gamlingay. He was legendary as one of Margaret Thatcher’s  cabinet ‘wets’ and an influential politician. Old Woodbury House is located on Gamlingay Cinques with fantastic views out over the countryside and is part of Tetworth Estate – period pictures show how the house looked during the 1960′s The project was complex in that the window cames are formed by eight way folded zinc sheet which is soldered to form a distinct pattern. London architects Inskip and Jenkins...

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Sealing two million pound deal

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in Conservation, Current projects

Sealing two million pound deal

Stained glass is  sealing the two million pound deal for Emmanuel College in Cambridge.  Four years ago we successfully completed the restoration of the glass for one of the Emmanuel College student houses see here Now the house has been sold by the college with the period glass the major selling point with local firm Bidwells sealing the deal for close on two million pounds Here is their advert text: You can’t get much closer to Cambridge train station than Glisson Road. This Victorian house has an impressive 7 bedrooms and double fronted facade with two storey bay windows. It...

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Solopark stained glass arrives

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 in Conservation, Current projects

Solopark stained glass arrives

Solopark stained glass arrives – as I wrote in a previous blog here I have obtained stained glass from the Solopark  group and this week I have another batch. Included was this interesting stained glass panel depicting a small blonde boy collecting windfall apples and apparently watched over the gate by his grandfather or possibly caught in the act of scrumping by the orchard owner! The sharp eyed amongst you will have noted the missing right hand corner where it has received a hard knock. I have the three shards of glass and when I strip the panel down I will aim to conserve the...

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Bullard & Sons original leaded window rebuilt

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 in Conservation, Current projects, Gallery, Maintenance

Bullard & Sons original leaded window rebuilt

Recently a rare Bullard & Sons original leaded sash window panel came into the workshop to be rebuilt. The panel was in a sorry state with the word ‘Stout’ almost completely lost. The entire window panel was rebuilt with new leadwork and replacement glass where the panes were cracked or lost. Once completed it has been mounted into a purpose built wooden frame allowing it to be mounted on a wall. The panel was almost certainly fitted within one of the Bullards public houses as a form of advertising. These were used just in the same way as beer mats, bottles, and...

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