Longworth Stained Glass Restoration Project
The fine window above the altar at Longworth Chapel in Bartestree, just outside Hereford, is set to return before Christmas.
Designed by the celebrated Birmingham firm of glass makers and church furnishers, Hardman & Co, the glass was carefully removed by HCT some years ago and kept safely in a crate until it could be restored and returned to its proper place. After three years of fundraising, restoration work finally got under way this Autumn thanks to many of our Supporters.
The stonework of the window tracery to which it will return will also be repaired as part of the project. The stained glass has been taken to the studios of Nick Bayliss who won the tender for restoration. Now in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter at the Bayliss workshop, the window is being restored less than a mile from the spot where the Harman & Co’s Birmingham Studios first made it in the 1860s. Simon Dawson, HCT’s Project Manager recently visited the studios to see work in progress along with members of the Longworth Chapel committee. He took these photos of work being done.
The window now requires comprehensive re-leading and repairs to many small areas of damage.
The windows of Hardman and Co of this period were celebrated for their fine painting and the beauty of the rich glass colours in a carefully limited range of hues.
Both the drawing style and colours were a painstaking recreation based on surviving medieval glass. Once back in situ at Longworth chapel the last part of the job is to protect the stained glass from accidental or deliberate damage by fitting external grilles – made to measure in black coated stainless steel – to minimise the visual impact.
Thanks are due to everyone who gave to our appeal for the Longworth Hardman window restoration for making this work possible.