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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.92

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Cathedral Care

Restoration and upkeep of cathedrals

There are some 42 Anglican cathedrals in the UK, not to mention 20 or so Catholic cathedrals. Cathedrals form the most important collection of historic buildings in England. The largest and most ancient are internationally famous, the smallest are usually among the most significant buildings in their region and even the most recent are architectural masterpieces.


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.


Traditional Lime

Lime: it’s better for buildings – and for the environment

It is now fairly well known that cement is not good for old buildings and that lime mortar should be used. But why? What are the advantages and what are the disadvantages? In order to begin to answer those questions it is necessary to understand the nature of traditional building, the process by which buildings used to be built, and how it differs from modern construction, the process by which we build today.


Audio Visual

Audio visual equipment in church buildings

This guidance is issued by the Church Buildings Council under section 55(1)(d) of the Dioceses, Mission and Pastoral Measure 2007. As it is statutory guidance, it must be considered with great care. The standards of good practice set out in the guidance should not be departed from unless the departure is justified by reasons that are spelled out clearly, logically and convincingly.


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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Natural Stone

Identifying and sourcing stone for repair

England is fortunate to have such a wide variety of historic and older stone buildings. However, there has been a marked decline in the range of natural stones that are being actively quarried.


Pest Control

Call in professionals if nesting birds pose a problem

Birds can cause a range of issues during nesting season, but interfering with wild birds, their eggs or nests could lead to prosecution, a national trade body has warned.


CRE Events

Thousands set to descend on Sandown

The next incarnation of Christian Resources Exhibition will be CRE National 2022 – taking place at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey, on 11-13 October.

Sandown Park is a great venue for Europe’s leading annual exhibition of Christian resources. Just 15 miles from central London, the venue is easily accessible by rail (25 minutes from London Waterloo to Esher) and road (M25 and A3). Parking is free for exhibitors and visitors.


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.


Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

Historic England supports the Government’s aims to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings through Part L of the Building Regulations. Many improvements can be carried out, often at a relatively low cost, significantly enhancing the comfort of the building for its users, as well as providing savings on fuel bills and helping to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.


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.


Heritage Roofing

Heritage roofing - maintaining our iconic buildings

The UK is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, from stunning churches and cathedrals to historic stately homes. Each and every one of these remarkable feats of architecture requires regular maintenance to ensure they remain in the very best condition, allowing them to be enjoyed for generations.


Church Lighting

Light up your place of worship

The design of a lighting scheme and the light fittings themselves can have a positive impact on the way your building looks as well as being functional.



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Woodexperts integral to windmill’s longevity

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Skidby WindmillSkidby Windmill, situated near to Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is said to be England’s most northerly working windmill, and the only one north of the Humber. About 25 years ago, there was a near-fatal catastrophe, when one of the sail beams broke off during milling, on a Bank Holiday afternoon, and crashed through the roof of the adjoining building, which was full of tourists!

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Two new products launched by Chris Topp & Co

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Chris Topp & CoChris Topp & Co are best known as leaders in this country of heritage iron work restoration – but they  are keen to be recognised as designers and creators of new ironwork.

They have just launched a railing system - Carltonia.

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New cafe for St Martin-in-the-Fields

Ecclesiasitical & Heritage World New cafe for St Martin-in-the-FieldsPlatform 5 Architects have won planning consent for a new temporary outdoor cafe for St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London. The new kiosk is due to open April 2013. A set of images can be downloaded at http://goodfellowcommunications.dphoto.com/album/4d014h.

The new cafe will be sited the east courtyard of St Martin’s - one of the most sensitive sites in central London next to one of the most famous churches in the world.

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The advantages of being accredited

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World RICS Accreditedby M C HALL FRICS IHBC Pg Dip Cons: Historic Buildings. RICS Accredited.

After lobbying by a group of forward thinking surveyors, accreditation was introduced for chartered surveyors as well as architects. Surveyors have now been recognised by the ecclesiastical bodies in England for about 20 years.

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Don’t replace- renovate your period windows

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Clear View RawmarshMaking a building more comfortable, warm and efficient is far from easy especially when you have a period property. Single Glazed windows are a major contributor to heat loss. Compensating for this is not only costly but requires more energy consumption and therefore greater carbon emissions.

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Authentic natural materials are less harmful to the environment...

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Traditional TechnologiesIn every field, materials are chosen according to requirement – managers, designers, specifiers and tradesman never just blindly ignore the properties of those materials in their selection – except it seems, in the building industry. We have been suggesting for many years that traditional building materials are, by their nature, ecological.

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Historic village church has heaters powered from underground LPG tank

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World DrugasarSt Peter’s in Hixon, Staffordshire is a Grade 2 listed rural church dating from 1849. It was designed by the renowned Victorian architect Gilbert Scott and is part of the Mid-Trent diocese.

As part of a major refurbishment programme, DRU has supplied Kamara powered flue gas wall heaters, replacing old and inefficient overhead electric heaters.

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New crafts heritage training centre reaches anniversary

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Heritage Crafts AllianceOn Friday 9th September 2011 Heritage Crafts Alliance, the heritage skills training centre at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire was formally opened by the Rt Hon William Hague MP.

The Rt Hon William Hague MP tries stone carving under the watchful eye of Heritage Craft Alliance MD Glenn Young

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Meare Close House’s renovation

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World meare close houseThe original part of the house is reputed to date from the 1580s with major Victorian Gothic restyling in 1851. Modernisation took place in the 1930s and extension during the 1950s. Adjacent, though now forming a wing of the house, is what was formerly a two storey Victorian cottage. For over the last 70 years, the house has been owned and lived in by three generations of one family.

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HMG Adhesives help preserve our cultural heritage

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World HMG AdhesivesIt’s the nature of all materials to degrade and deteriorate over time. But specialist products from British surface coatings manufacturer HMG are dedicated to preserving these materials at both ends of the natural cycle. Its anti-corrosive primers, preservative wood treatments, weather-resistant masonry paints and high performance coatings help protect them against abrasion, wear, chemical and environmental attack;

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Castle Drive’s historic gates carefully restored

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Castle Drive Gate Refurb Before ShotGrade I-listed, wrought-iron gates, on Castle Drive have been carefully refurbished by Chester Renaissance in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council with aspirations for public access via the gates.

Dating back to 1885, the gates stand under the arch which leads to the entrance of Castle Square, now home to the University of Chester and Chester Crown Court and where the County Gaol once stood.

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A dummy pass for avoiding VAT relief?

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World TAX Free VAT FreeHeritage property experts at Smith & Garratt, the Borders-based firm of conservation accredited surveyors, are united with the great majority of those with interests in our built heritage in asking the Chancellor to re-think his proposal to apply standard-rate VAT to approved alterations to protected buildings.

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Using birds to clear birds

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World East Riding Pest ControlGuild of Master Craftsmen members East Riding Pest Control was set up after being approached by the biggest well known pest control company in the UK to do work for them. They specialise in the clearance of nuisance birds.

They use birds of prey as an effective and environmentally friendly way of controlling the behavioural patterns of species such as pigeons, gulls, starlings and sparrows.

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RICS Conservation Accreditation and me

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Anthony RedmanA Personal View of the RICS Conservation Accreditation Scheme
By Anthony Redman BSC FRICS

I received an official looking letter in 1985 telling me that because I was not a qualified architect, I could no longer undertake Quinquennial inspections.

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Ornate Interiors complete stable preservation at Nostell

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Nostell PrioryAs one of Yorkshire’s most popular historical locations National Trust property Nostell Priory, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, deserves the very best in restoration craftsmanship and that is exactly what has happened recently as part of a major refurbishment programme to its stable block.

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Mirfield Church and College Resurrected by Anelay

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Mirfield Church

An Anglican monastic community based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, has a new look home following the recent completion of a £2million restoration project at the Church of the Community of the Resurrection.

The 39 week long refurbishment, which focused predominantly on the removal and levelling of stone flooring, has been carried out by York and Manchester based William Anelay, a 264-year-old building restoration and conservation business operating under the auspices of Architects Harris McMillan and Quantity Surveyors Randall Simmonds LLP on behalf of clients the Community of the Resurrection.

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Roman Gardens open to the public

Chester’s popular Roman Gardens have officially re-opened this week following an extensive programme of improvements at the historic city centre site.

The works, which includes a new path to access the base of the city walls, high quality planting of Roman origin and topiary and a new York stone sitting and display area, follow on from the installation of Roman-themed floor mosaics last year.

Designed by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s landscaping team and project managed by Chester Renaissance, overgrown shrubs have been replaced with a new sculptured grass area, improvements have been made to the display of Roman artefacts and masonry and new litter bins have been installed.

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