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West Kirby Methodist Church, Wirral

Project
The conservation & repair of the Percy Bacon Bros stained glass East Window, followed by the installation of protective glazing.

Client: PCC
Completed: 2009

This magnificent East Window at West Kirby Methodist Church was showing symptons of a number of problems. As well as quite pronounced structural failure throughout the lead matrix, the stained glass had been behind a layer of protective secondary glazing for over thirty years, leaving it covered in layers of organic growth.

The window was stripped, and re-leaded using new came milled to match the original in size and profile. Each individual section of glass was gently cleaned by hand using cotton wool and pure water to remove surface deposits.

New saddlebars were fabricated in stainless steel, again matching the original iron bars which had corroded beyond sensible re-use. Saddlebars are as much a part of the original fabric of the window and the building as any other part of the window, but where reduced reliability in terms of their function in supporting the window is an issue, their replacement was deemed acceptable in the interests of the greater good of the window.

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CONSERVATION TECHNIQUES

- CVMA standard recording
- Examination of paintwork stability
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Removal of surface deposits
- Edge-bonding of smashed stained glass
- Back plating using 1mm kiln-moulded glass
- Use of conservation adhesives
- Re-leading severely deteriorated leadwork
- Fabricating new saddlebars to match old


CONTACT DETAILS

CHESTER OFFICE & STUDIO
Units 2 & 3, St. Ives Way,
Sandycroft,
Chester
CH5 2QS - Map

Tel: +44 (0)1244 906 002
Fax: +44 (0)1244 906 003

Email: admin@recclesiastainedglass.co.uk

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