All Saints Church, St Helens
Restoration of all windows to church building and addition of protective guards
Architect: Pickard Finlason, Carl Thorgaard
The Story :
Following years of vandalism, Recclesia were called in to undertake a full survey of the windows, almost every one of which was smashed or severely dilapidated. Recclesia carried out the works in three phases in 2009 and 2010 during which some sixty windows were transformed.
Most of the windows were removed and releaded at the studio, reusing all of the original glass. Where glass was missing entirely, a lot of time and effort was put into finding glass which was akin to the original. In this case, the glass was imported from South America. The work extended to North and South clerestory windows, north and south transept windows, chapel windows and several to the aisles and west elevation.
There were also a number of opening hopper-casements, all of which were removed, repaired and reinstated in good working order.
All of the windows were protected using stainless steel protective guards powder coated black. Recclesia Stained Glass are one of the few studios in the UK to fabricate and install guards in-house.