Bob CP's Report on the Window Repairs at SS
St Stephens Church has a wonderful number of Victorian painted and stained glass windows, but over the years the settings and some of the glass has deteriorated and needed to be repaired and replaced. I made contact in early 2020 with English Heritage to see if they had a scheme where they provided 100% of funding for work on the windows, and after some negotiations they approved a full grant of nearly £18,000 to carry out the repairs.
Thanks to Alistair!
The application required not only paperwork to be considered as competition for grants is intense, but also photographic evidence and we are so fortunate to have the skills of Alastair Chalmers who not only featured the windows at risk but has produced a full record of every window including the hidden windows which lurk behind the organ away from view.
This photo shows the intricate detail of the repair work.
Appointment of jhstained glass
We were allowed to appoint jhstainedglass who are based just down the road and they have been a joy to work with and their knowledge and work nationally on cathedrals, churchs, heritage buildings has been a real asset and will leave those windows in the best position for surviving for years to come.
The photo shows the new copper wires which were installed.
I am extremely grateful to the staff at English Heritage, to Emma at the Diocese for her support, to Mike & Steve at jhstainedglass and to Alastair for making this all happen to benefit our building.