Project:- Restoration of tracery windows
Client:- Vicar & P.C.C St Edmunds and St James Church, Blunham
Architect:- David Llewellyn Priory Heritage Ltd
Stone used:- Bathstone Basebed, Barrington & Tottenhoe Clunch
After a competitive tender, we were pleased to be awarded the conservation work to the East window of the South Aisle Chapel at St Edmunds & St James Church, Blunham, where we worked closely with the Architect David Llewellyn at Priory Heritage Ltd.
Over the years the window had deteriorated and was in need of some sympathetic repair. All glazing was removed to be restored by leaded light specialist glazers.
We were then able to start the stone removal which involved supporting the tracery from braced, designed scaffolding; this allowed us to remove the unstable decayed mullions, jambs, and heavily spalled cill.
A new Barrington Clunch stone cill was fixed into place, this gave us a stable base on which to rebuild the original medieval clunch stone mullions. The original internal mullions were re-used and pinned to the newly carved external Bathstone mullions at our works before being transported back to site. This has helped stabilise them meaning they will be preserved for many years to come.
Small amounts of tracery were renewed where they were deemed structurally unstable, the remaining tracery was conserved using the latest modern techniques. The conserved tracery is now further protected with the installation of 100% new outer arch and hoodmould.
Once all stonework repairs were completed the newly restored leaded light glazing was then reinstalled.
We also carried out some minor conservation stone repairs to the interior of the South East Window, where the glazing was also removed and restored and stone repointed.
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