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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 - 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.

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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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Caring for Places of Worship

Heritage Lottery Fund welcomes Places of Worship report’s quantification of need 

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), welcomed English Heritage’s ‘Caring for Places of Worship’ report, and said that HLF would be considering how it might respond to the challenges set out in the report in the light of its expectation of increased funding in future years.

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Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House to become Scottish tourist gem in £10 million masterplan

"The appeal of Scott played a huge part in the success of the Year of Homecoming, generating £10 million for the national economy and demonstrating the continuing international appeal of the man and his writing almost 200 years after his death."

Lord Sanderson, whose Abbotsford Trust has managed the landmark since 2004, said the development would create "a financially viable, world-class visitor attraction that will bring lasting economic and cultural benefit."

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Stained Glass

Repair, Restoration And Protection

Cathedrals, churches, castles, houses - grand and terraced, museums, offices and institutions, Britain has a vast legacy of stained glass and sometimes it needs repair or restoration due to either old age, neglect or vandalism.

A & J Stained Glass Studios Ltd. offer a quality service to return your stained glass or leaded lights to pristine condition.

See directory profile entry HERE for more information

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Leah Glover 13, raises money for Gloucestershire churches with help of pony Malcolm

LEAH Glover, 13, was rewarded this week for raising money for the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust with the help of her pony Malcolm.

Ailsa O'Connor, county organiser for the trust, presented Leah with the Whitbread Award for the most money raised by someone under 16. This is the second year she has won the award.

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The benefits of using the correct materials for traditional buildings

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Tuscan Foundry Products Ltdby Paul Trace, Managing Director of Tuscan Foundry Products Ltd.

From North to South, East to West, the UK has approximately half a million Listed buildings. In addition there are numerous period properties dotted around the country in conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty. These buildings form an important part of our countries history and provide a valuable insight into techniques and designs from years gone by.

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A reader’s point of view on lightning protection

| BS6651:BSEN 62305

Dear Sir/Madam,
I read with great interest your article on lightning protection in the magazine and the changes in the standards from BS 6651/1999 to the new BSEN 62305. I would like to point-out that fortunately, there are alternatives to the new system that carry European Be International Standards and have done so for many years. Very few Church's, historic or listed buildings could afford the original full BS 6651 system, most in point of fact, have only part systems or less. I have always been aware of the cost involved especially in the case of Church's and Historic Buildings.

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Church Heating Design & Installation by Mellor and Mottram

Mellor & Mottram Mechanical Services Ltd were established in 1973.
The company was originally run by Roger Mottram and Jack Mellor who are now both retired. The company is now run by Stuart Mottram who personally looks after all interest in the company and also carries out all surveys on a one to one basis with clients.

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The NHTG Accredited Heritage Building Contractors Register

The NHTG Traditional Building Craft Skills in England research identified the need for a UK wide unified Accredited Heritage Building Contractors Register, with regional and national emphasis.

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40 years of tradition

Recclesia Ltd specialises in the conservation and restoration of churches, listed buildings and ancient monuments. Acting as principal contractor, our team has over forty years of experience in specialist works to some of the UK's most outstanding buildings, with recognised expertise in stonemasonry, limework, metalwork and stained and leaded glass.

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Soundproofing in older buildings

By Iain Mair

Keeping noise down to an acceptable level in older buildings can be very difficult. Usually, this is due to the fact that the property, be it a family house or converted property, was never constructed to cope with 21st century noise levels!

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Palace project contracts awarded

York company plays key role in scottish palace recreation

Historic Scotland is delighted to announce the award of a series of specialist contracts for its ongoing Stirling Castle Palace Project.

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Joint project reveals 1,300 years of cathedral precincts heritage

A ‘treasure trove’ of ancient records dating back over 1,300 years to the origins of Peterborough will be unveiled at Peterborough Cathedral’s Deanery on Saturday 3 July at 12 noon.

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A first for heritage blacksmith training

The National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) will be setting up and running a Heritage Blacksmith Bursary project, the first specialised training programme for Blacksmith Conservators thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)  grant awarded under its ‘Skills for the Future’ programme.

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A great British summer at the Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is forecasting a Great British Summer, with the launch of a major new exhibition and the opening of new galleries.

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The Pratt Green Trust and a history of the man

Born 1903 at Roby, near Liverpool, England, the third child of Charles Green, a leather merchant, and Hannah, nèe Greenwood. The abbreviation Fred has been used by the author for his hymnwriting: his close family, and in particular his late wife Marjorie, used Derick.

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Building Limes BS/EN459, revised Standard to be introduced.

The revision of EN 459 (BS/EN459) Standard for Building Limes has been a protracted process that started in 2004. The final draft is now at the stage of being approved at National level within the EU Nations. The revised Standard re-classifies Building Limes as follows:

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Employing specialists is a must

Since setting up a surveying practice in 1993, I have often been asked to look at period properties, particularly for a pre-purchase inspection. In my experience there seems to be a common theme running through many of the cases that I look at, issues that we in our profession need to address: a lack of maintenance and poor quality of work.

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