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Traditional Lime

Ancient building material still has many uses

One of the universal building materials prior to the end of the 19th century was lime. Lime was present in various forms in almost every building, from limewash on the walls of cattle byres and cottages to the mortar used on cathedral and castle walls.

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CRE Events

Gathering no moss, CRE rolls on to Stoneleigh

Stoneleigh Park, located in the heart of England, is the venue for CRE Midlands – 4 and 5 March 2020.

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Master Craftsmen

Championing our heritage with modern craftsmanship

Twenty years ago, English Heritage (now Historic England) published its first-ever Register of Buildings at Risk across England, which featured nearly 2,000 buildings and monuments that were ‘neglected, broken and unloved’. Recently Historic England was delighted to announce that over two-thirds of those buildings were now safe, in both urban and rural areas right across the country.

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Stained Glass

A brief history of stained glass

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonné and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began.

By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.

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New products help to conserve our heritage

Whilst visitors to this website operate in the sector committed to restoring and conserving the historic buildings and artefacts belonging to the past, they are non the less reliant on the very latest products on the market place to perform this task.

Showcased here you will find some of the latest and most innovative new products and services currently available to help us preserve and maintain our heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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Ironwork

A guide to architectural metalwork, wrought iron and its restoration

Our next issue will feature a fascinating insight, exploring metallurgy, production techniques, its architectural and historical context and best practice conservation.

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Tree Care

Tree care and planting in the church and heritage sector

According to a report in The Independent the UK will have to plant 1.5 billion trees if it is to tackle climate change. The London Tree Officers Association has this to say on the subject: "Future Governments are committed to planting trees to reduce carbon emissions, however there is concern that some of these proposals are focussed on a rapid increase without considering the intricate steps that are required to ensure that trees establish and thrive and it is important that this is made clear to avoid good intentions resulting in failure."

Professional advice and expertise needs to be sought and implemented.

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Lead Roofing

The benefits of lead roofing

Lead is one of the oldest materials in the roofing industry and is still commonly used throughout the world today.

Lead roofing is a traditional roofing method which has been used in the industry for hundreds of years, and is therefore proven to be extremely reliable. Lead roofing, and sand-cast lead, in particular is ideal for old buildings such as churches or historical renovations, whereas milled lead roofing is a mass-produced alternative, used for precision and accuracy in homes and commercial buildings alike.

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Lead Training

Training at the Lead Sheet Training Academy

The Lead Sheet Training Academy is at the forefront of training for those using lead or hard metals in the construction industry.

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Disabled Access

Are Britain’s heritage attractions inclusive?

Research commissioned by specialist heritage insurer, Ecclesiastical, has revealed many parents of children with special needs feel uncomfortable or unwelcome while visiting museums, art galleries, theatres, stately homes or castles with their children.

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Drone Surveys

Your surveys no longer need to be done on a wing and a prayer

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is rapidly expanding as the carers and keepers of old buildings and churches learn how much easier and more cost-effective completing surveying and maintenance projects can be with the professional use of drones.

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Lightning Protection

When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.

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Heritage Roofing

Heritage Roofing Register - a helping hand for architects

A unique register of heritage roofing specialists is providing much needed help and assurance for architects and specifiers when working on heritage projects. The Register is the brainchild of the UK’s largest roofing trade association, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

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Heritage Crime

The development of the Heritage Crime Programme in England

Mark Harrison, Head of Heritage Crime Strategy at Historic England, outlines the development of their Heritage Crime Programme.

Historic England defines heritage crime as: "Any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations."

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Fire Guidance


Fire guidance for churches and heritage buildings

Fires in churches and heritage buildings have a number of causes and can have devastating consequences – not only in terms of damage to property, but also as the cause of serious injury and even loss of life.

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FTMRC

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Working in partnership is key to success

This was the key theme in the chairman's introduction to the recent FTMRC statement. Chairman, Trevor Corser, also managing director of JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd, said:

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BLM announces photo competition winner

BLM has announced the winner of its inaugural photo competition held to discover the most authentic and diverse aspects of lead in situ.

The competition invited roofing and leadwork contractors to submit images of lead sheet used in a variety of roofing applications from impressive and inspiring projects.Kevin Bennett from K&M Leadwork Ltd was awarded first prize for his restoration of the village hall clock tower in Goring-on-Thames (pictured).

Kevin was appointed by the trustees of Goring-on-Thames Parish Council to undertake the replacement of the iconic local landmark and work to remove the original lead roof began in April 2016. The roof had lasted well but some of the lead detailing required altering to prevent its earlier failure, where the post arms meet the clock tower, from reoccurring. It took Kevin a total of 47 days spread over three months to finish the job due to the fact that the village hall was in use and there were times when no noise was permitted.

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UK Roofing Awards finalists announced at Ecobuild

The finalists for the 2018 UK Roofing Awards have been announced. Beautiful structures, outstanding workmanship, superior problem solving, environmental qualities and contribution to the built environment have all been highlighted in the shortlist, released by NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) at this year’s ecobuild event.

The awards scheme, which is in its 12th consecutive year, is the most prestigious in the roofing sector and celebrates the very best in the industry across 14 categories.

Ecobuild show attendees also had the opportunity to cast their vote for the Industry Choice Award (sponsored by Radmat Building Products Ltd).

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Best-Selling Crematorium Furniture

Rosehill are often the contract furniture supplier of choice for the bereavement and crematorium sector. We’ve been supplying quality furniture to funeral directors across the UK for over 3 decades offering a wide selection of seating and bespoke sanctuary items.

This blog post covers our best-selling items for crematoriums making it easier for you to choose and order your furniture with Rosehill.

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New roof tiles allow new life for former church

A Grade Two*-Listed neo-Gothic former church in Birmingham has proved to be a shining example of how sensitive restoration and conversion can allow treasured buildings to be brought back into use.St James’s Church in Edgbaston was built in 1852 to a design by the eminent Victorian architect SS Teulon.

It had been unused since 1975, becoming derelict and subject to vandalism, theft and decay.

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The art of terracotta

Darwen Terracotta offer a fascinating insight into their process - from site survey, to terracotta and faience production, through to delivery and logistics. The company has the specialist skills required to design, match and produce terracotta to the highest quality.

"Generations of dedicated artisans have passed on their knowledge and experience which enables us to continue providing the best quality and service to our customers. The manufacturing process has changed little over time, though we combine our skills and experience with the latest modelling, casting, drying and kiln firing technology.

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Need help finding a good gutter installer?

Rainclear, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, are offering to help customers find a quality gutter installer for their build or renovation project.

They are already known for the offering customers extra by working out the ‘flow calculation’ based on the house design and location, recommending the required size of the guttering/downpipes for efficient management of the rainwater, creating a complete list of the rainwater system components illustrated on the architect’s drawings - A ‘take off’ and providing a competitive quote.

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NFTMMS member renovates historic ceramic mosaic floor at major stately home

Restoring the historic ceramic mosaic floor in the game larder at one of the UK’s leading historic houses has been undertaken by National Federation of Terrazzo, Marble and Mosaic Specialists (NFTMMS) member JW Restoration.

According to Federation spokesperson Brian James, this exemplifies the quality of the skills and craftsmanship of NFTMMS members which can produce the most spectacular results.

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Another brick in an historic Yorkshire wall – 50 years later

A leading Yorkshire brickmaker is currently helping to rebuild an historic two-mile estate wall near York.

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company, based at Alne, near Easingwold, is restoring the iconic Allerton Park estate wall - 50 years after chairman David Armitage helped to repair the very same wall.

York Handmade is working with Keighley-based building contractor R N Wooler to deliver the project.

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Church video system for Church of the Good Shepherd, Surrey

Newtech Southern was asked to submit a proposal for replacing the church video and audio system at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Surrey. After several meetings to ensure that the new system design was adequate to meet the needs of the church Newtech was awarded the contract to design, install and commission a new audio visual system.

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New AV system helps church become community hub

Churchgoers at Littleover Methodist Church near Derby are hoping their new £1.9m base will become a hub of the community. The renovated church boasts a new sports hall, cafe, two function rooms, a prayer room and dedicated pre-school area - as well as a tank for rain water harvesting.

On top of all this it also has a linked sound and AV system so that services can be heard in rooms throughout the building.

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Grants for the conservation of clocks

The next closing date for the ChurchCare Grants for the Conservation of Clocks is 5 March 2018, for a May funding decision. All mechanical clocks in Anglican churches in England are eligible, including early electro-mechanical clocks.

The project must involve overhaul and repair of the movement and/or dial motionwork. Repair and redecoration of the dial itself is only considered when the dial is ancient and of historical interest and the treatment is conservation-based.

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Enhancing worship in the Heart of England

Nestled in the Parish of Salford Priors in the Heart of England, midway between the towns of Evesham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Redditch, stands St Matthew's Anglican Church.

Mentioned in William the Conqueror’s great survey of 1086, more commonly known as the Domesday Book, the Norman influence can be clearly seen in the architecture of the original church. The south side of the church features an unusual semi octagonal tower which may have been a beacon tower to guide travellers across the often flooded meadows and the rivers Arrow and Avon.

The church continues to be a beacon to the local community and beyond through various activities and services held throughout the week. Recent refurbishments have seen the South Aisle pews replaced with chairs to provide a flexible, inviting space and the platform area has been extended with ramped access included.

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School’s light shines forth once more

Hatherop Castle, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, dates from the late-16th or early-17th century. The present building was partially rebuilt by the architect Henry Clutton between 1850-1856 for the Baron de Mauley.

At the end of World War Two it was leased from then-owners the Bazley family by the Owlstone Croft School of Cambridgeshire – becoming the Hatherop Castle School. The buildings were subsequently purchased from the family in 1972. The school remains a private boarding school for 2-13 year olds.

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Heating breakdowns require prompt action

When the heating boiler at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham failed a few days before Christmas, the cathedral authorities called on Stoke-on-Trent heating specialists Mellor and Mottram to carry out the installation of a replacement.

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham was established in 1980 in a former Catholic church, designed by J A Chatwin in 1873. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos – the ‘falling asleep’ of the Mother of God – and to St Andrew.

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Eshton Hall restoration shortlisted for RICS Awards 2018

The restoration works at Eshton Hall which were carried out throughout 2017 have been short-listed for the RICS Awards 2018 – Yorkshire & Humber in the Building Conservation Category.

Grade II* Listed Eshton Hall has existed on these grounds in North Yorkshire for hundreds of years, possibly as far back as 1200’s. Situated on the outskirts of Gargrave in North Yorkshire, the main hall was burnt to the ground in late 1500’s with the new main building and its impressive tower built in early 1600’s.

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Dorothea Restorations complete conservation of new gaol gates at Wapping Wharf

As part of the regeneration of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf, Dorothea Restoration has now completed the conservation of the new gaol gates which stand at the southern end of the site. The Grade II listed Gatehouse is to form a new pedestrian path to lead into this interesting and vibrant site of new homes and businesses.

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ISCEx 2018: full details announced

Details have been released of the programme for this year’s ISCEx – the annual exhibition and networking event hosted by the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers.

ISCEx 2018 will be held on 6-7 March at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire and will provide excellent opportunities to learn, engage and discuss commercial audio solutions in an intimate, non-imposing environment.

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Lost wall paintings restored at Church of the Sacred Heart, Caterham

The Church of the Sacred Heart, Caterham, Surrey contains a significant scheme of wall paintings by Joseph Aloyisius Pippet (1840-1903) executed for the Hardman Company between 1890 and 1892. Over the years they had become damaged by water ingress, movement of soluble salts, abrasive cleaning, modern varnish application and over-painting with impermeable paints.

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Yorkshire churches' artworks benefit from an expert touch

Based in Harrogate, Everingham Conservation provides a high-quality service for the conservation and restoration of fine art and decorative surfaces. David Everingham trained at the University of Northumbria, where he gained an MA in the conservation of fine art.

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Historic clock paves the way for future expertise

Turret clock and Harrison specialist, Chris McKay, last month worked alongside apprentices from clockmakers Smith of Derby to restore the James Harrison of Hull's clock which arrived at the company's Derby workshop on 22nd December.

The preliminary analysis of the clock marks the first step towards a restoration which will see the piece reinstalled at the Derby Silk Mill as part of their renovation to become the Museum of Making 2020.

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Prestigious building restored to former glory by Heritage Cob & Lime

Bridge House Veterinary Surgery had a cement render which, over the years, had begun to crack and allow water ingress, the front elevation suffering the worst . Internally there were damp issues whilst outside some major problems were discovered that needed remedying. On removing the external cement render, specialists from Heritage Cob & Lime found a few challenges that needed immediate attention. Some of the roof timbers had been affected by damp ingress and were in a poor state, so they set about cutting out all decayed wood and replacing with new timbers. As work commenced on the top part of the front elevation, it was discovered that the parapet wall was moving away from the abutting wall.

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