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We are Britain’s Brick Specialists Print E-mail

As ‘Britain’s Brick Specialists’, Michelmersh, the UK’s premium producer of bricks, pavers and roof tiles, has released a new corporate video, exhibiting the Company’s innovative brands that have become some of the most trusted names within the construction sector. With advancements in the Company’s latest technology processes, new designs and innovation, Michelmersh continues to retain its reputation for beautiful, durable and natural looking clay pieces to satisfy wider audiences.

The video demonstrates the Company’s outstanding reliability, unparalleled workmanship and high product performance to meet any design requirement. Laid in harmony with their environment, Michelmersh’s clay products command a strong character to every development and a charm that is truly deserved.

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Authentic decorating for castles, churches and stately homes Print E-mail

The team from Mark Galley Decorators Ltd are pictured applying their expertise at the prestigious Mingary Castle restoration project which featured in a recent issue of Ecclesiastical and Heritage World. The Bradford-based company are one of the most accomplished decorating contractors in the country and are particularly skilled in the sympathetic restoration of listed buildings and heritage sites.

Established in 1982 as a one-man band, Mark Galley took any type of decorating job to get the business recognised and, as time went on, his name became known for quality work and commitment to customers.

As jobs became bigger and more plentiful Mark started taking on staff and the business now has upwards of 15 full time employees who work on both commercial and residential properties.

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‘The fairest abbey of all Wales’ returned to former glory through CGI technology Print E-mail

Neath Abbey — a site that has witnessed Cistercian monks, Tudor splendour and thriving industry over its 900-year history — will share its story with visitors in new and exciting ways from this month.

Part of a wider £548k project, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) has today (20 June 2017) unveiled a series of interactive displays at the 12th-century site, to help visitors explore its rich and varied history.

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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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When you can’t see the building for the trees! Print E-mail

The photographs in this article illustrate two ‘messages’ regarding the virtues of planting trees alongside heritage buildings. They are taken from a project recently carried out at York Minster by arboricultural and landscape consultants Barnes and Associates. It involved a tree survey, a health and safety assessment, an assessment of replanting opportunities and a management plan.

The photograph on the left demonstrates how the planting of small, out-of-proportion trees may distract from the magnificent structure of the Minster. They provide habitat, cooling and water retention – but are they the right trees in the right place?

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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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