Let there be light! CCD unveils another restored window at the Town Church

June 1, 2016 / 

 

After many months of careful restoration we are thrilled to unveil another stunning window at the Town Church which has been restored to its former glory.

The window depicts the adoration of the Magi but was in poor condition after more than half a century in situ.  Problems encountered included corroded iron pins bedded within the stone, structural movement, pollution damage and issues with inherently poor quality stone – all just within the window tracery.

The stained glass was also in need of repair work, having been in place since just after WWII, after the Victorian glass was blown out by RAF bombing of the harbour in 1944.  The nine main panels were severely distorted and the leadwork ‘cames’, which separate the individual pieces of glass, were failing.

All the panels were removed and painstakingly re-leaded by local craftsman Peter Vivian of Guernsey Glasscraft.

 

Church window

F Watson and Son carried out the work to repair the limestone tracery and specialist poultice techniques were used to breakdown the surface pollution.  Lime ‘shelter coats’ were applied to provide extra protection from weathering. The finished result is fantastic and brings a new lease of life to the fascinating religious scene, as well as ensuring the window is structurally sound for years to come.

Our recent work at the Town Church has not just been on the windows. We also supervised the replacement of the iron oil tank that was installed 40 years ago behind the railings on the east side of the Church.  The tank was built within a small granite and concrete structure and was found to be severely corroded. The new purpose-built stainless steel tank now supplies fuel to the boiler – making sure the Church remains a warm and welcoming place.

It has been a busy year so far at the Church. The work continues…..