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Unique style revived - and the light shines forth Print E-mail

If you venture west from the coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed – on the border of England and Scotland – towards the gentle, rounded hills of the Cheviots, you will soon enter the small village of Ancroft in Northumberland. At the centre of the village is the small parish church of St Anne, from which the village may have derived its name.

The church dates from the latter part of the 11th century, built by the monks from nearby Holy Island. It was later fortified with a Northumbrian pele tower, a 13th-century addition that provided shelter against the continual Scottish border raids prevalent at the time. St Anne’s was restored in 1836 and again in 1870 – by Alnwick architect F R Wilson. During that time the nave was extended, the chancel rebuilt and the windows replaced: all in imitation of the Norman original.

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James Stone Masonry Ltd gets the job done at St Paul’s Court Macclesfield Print E-mail

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World James Stone MasonryJames Stone Masonry Ltd were used as the specialist sub contractor to carry out the restoration work at St Paul’s Court Macclesfield, the original scope of works was to cut away the old hard sand and cement repairs to window surrounds and replace with a lime mortar repair system.

First of all samples were carried out to be approved by the client and conservation officer, once approved the work commenced on the window surrounds.

During the works James Stone Masonry Ltd were asked to look at further works needed within the project this included taking off and re-bedding copings to gables, descaleing loose and friable stone work and 100 percent pointing to the front and two side elevations, once again samples were carried out and approved by client and conservation officer.

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Sheffield church trailblazes new maintenance service Print E-mail

A Sheffield church has become the first in the country to benefit from Maintenance Booker, an innovative maintenance service from the National Churches Trust.

The historic Grade II listed St Augustine's church in Endcliffe, Sheffield, is the first church in the UK to carry out vital maintenance work booked through the Maintenance Booker website, which makes it easy for the people who look after historic churches to keep them in good condition.

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Southend church gets new stained glass windows to complement new interior Print E-mail

This set of four 2-light windows, designed by Essex-based Aura Visions, was set into the East elevation of Avenue Baptist Church, Southend on Sea, once the organ and choir pews had been removed. The entire building was reordered to allow for an ever-growing congregation which also required the replacement of the Baptistry Pool. This was decorated by Paul Siggins of the Mosaic Studio, Southend and is a stunning centre piece for the new interior.

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Southend church gets new stained glass windows to complement new interior Print E-mail

This set of four 2-light windows, designed by Essex-based Aura Visions, was set into the East elevation of Avenue Baptist Church, Southend on Sea, once the organ and choir pews had been removed. The entire building was reordered to allow for an ever-growing congregation which also required the replacement of the Baptistry Pool. This was decorated by Paul Siggins of the Mosaic Studio, Southend and is a stunning centre piece for the new interior.

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Pipe organ restoration reveals original glazier Print E-mail

J Goodwin Stained Glass recently had the privilege of playing a small role in the restoration of the historically significant pipe organ of All Saints Church in Roos, Yorkshire.

The organ was built by Karl Christian Reiter of Hull in 1881, and is one of only two known to survive in an unmodified condition. The masonary repairs and timber work were carried out by F Kemp & Son of Skirlaugh, the organ was expertly restored and rebuilt by Harrogate-based Peter Wood & Son, and the front pipes were beautifully reinstated to their original design using colour matched paint by John McWilliams, the church warden.

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Lancashire firm plays major role in restoration of remote Scottish castle Print E-mail

TSB Ironcraft of Rishton, near Blackburn in Lancashire, played a major part in the three-year restoration project at the historic Mingary Castle on the west coast of Scotland, which was completed last year.

TSB are a small family business who have been involved with the manufacture and installation of wrought iron products for over 12 years.

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The wait is over for cast aluminium colours – 26 colours in 7 days Print E-mail

Heritage Cast Aluminium gutters and downpipes are a cost-effective alternative to Cast Iron being lighter and therefore easier to handle and fix; non-corrodible and durable with a life expectancy of 40 years and still 100% recyclable. The BBA approved in-house factory applied Polyester Powder Coated (PPC) Heritage Cast Aluminium gutters and downpipes in a choice of 26 standard colours are now consistently being delivered in 7 - 10 days.

Aluminium is already the low maintenance option for guttering but the factory applied PPC has a life expectancy of at least 15 years in heavily polluted areas and 20 elsewhere, and extends the life of the product beyond 40 years. Only periodic maintenance is advised; applying a warm soapy water solution to bring back the original appearance while checking for joint integrity and removing any accumulated debris at the same.

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The care and repair of our built heritage Print E-mail

The Yorkshire Dales have a stunningly beautiful range of both listed and non-listed buildings, each with its own unique history and stories to tell, writes old and listed building specialist Kevin Woods.

They stand as a tribute to the craftsmanship of our forbears, ranging from imposing castles, stately homes, parish churches and manor houses to simply-built workers’ cottages, field barns and dry-stone walls.

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Jay Stubbs, a self-employed leadworker from Essex, scoops Young Leadworker of the Year 2017 prize Print E-mail

After a tough practical assessment at the LSA back in March, we are delighted to announce that Jay Stubbs, 26 years old, from Hornchurch in Essex is the LSA 2107 Young Leadworker of the Year.Jay received his award as part of The Roofing Awards 2017, organised by the NFRC.

Jay, who is self-employed and trades as LDN Leadwork Ltd, beat two other top candidates to the title – Callum Thornhill, a self-employed leadworker trading as CT Leadworks Ltd from Kirton in Lincolnshire; and Shane White, a self-employed Leadworker trading as SW Leadworks Ltd from Wiveliscombe in Somerset.

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Bringing back the terracotta glow at historic church Print E-mail

A major project just completed at St Catherine’s Parish Church in Horwich near Bolton, restores original terracotta features that were suffering from over a hundred years of weathering. More than 100 new blocks, manufactured by Darwen Terracotta (DTL) in Blackburn have been installed by Lambert Walker Limited under the supervision of Buttress Architects in Manchester.

St Catherine’s is noted for its magnificent West window, framed in terracotta and part of the initial phase of construction undertaken between 1897 and 1902. “Time had not been kind, the prevailing weather had eroded joints permitting water ingress resulting in secondary frost damage to some of the blocks,” observed DTL director Jon Almond. In total over 100 blocks were identified that had been damaged beyond repair including sills, mullions and window surrounds as well as wall copings and buttress units.

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Caroe team appointed for HLF community development project in Marylebone, London Print E-mail

Historic building specialist, Caroe Architecture Ltd, is delighted to announce the selection of their multi-disciplinary team for the delivery of an exciting £8.5million HLF-supported project at St Marylebone Parish Church, London.

The existing building dates from 1814 to a design by Thomas Hardwick and is Listed Grade I. In the 1980s and 90s the Crypt was developed to accommodate a medical centre. The St Marylebone Changing Lives project now seeks to build upon the success of the church and provide new community facilities through enlargement of the crypt space to the east side.

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You’re right, there’s something missing from your calendar Print E-mail

The trees are in fresh leaf, the Spring sun is shining… well, occasionally… and you’re thinking: “Shouldn’t I be at CRE this week to discover all that’s new in church resources?”

For more than 30 years this unique event has been held in mid-May, but in 2017 CRE are ringing the changes.

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