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Coriander Stained Glass Studio Wimbledon

Stained Glass makers based in south-west London, we design and produce stained glass windows and lead lights for clients throughout the UK.

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Wimbledon Studio

27 Kingston Road, Wimbledon. SW191JX

tel: 020 8947 7635

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5 Station Road
Esher, Surrey
KT10 8DY

tel: 020 8398 1633



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Coriander Stained Glass – The Natural History Museum renovation and repairs

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Coriander Stained Glass – The Natural History Museum renovation and repairs

During the summer of 2016 we undertook an extremely exciting stained glass renovation project at The Natural History Museum. We were honoured to be chosen to carry out this work on the iconic building. 

The Natural History Museum is the home to 80 million specimens, some being billions of years old. The aim of the museum is to educate its audience and to undertake innovative scientific work. The main themes of the museum focus on the origins and evolution of the earth, our solar system and life, the diversity of life and the future of our natural systems that our society depends on. Species and ecosystems are rapidly being destroyed.



It first opened on 18th April 1881. A doctor named Sir Hans Sloan left a will allowing Parliament to buy his collection of over 71,ooo items including natural history specimens and cultural artefacts for £20,000, a very low price for what they were worth. The government used this collection to build the British Museum. The natural history collection of the British Museum was taken charge by natural scientist Sir Richard Owen. It was eventually decided that the building was not big enough for the collection. Therefore, architect Alfred Waterhouse came up with a plan for the Natural History Museum.

Of course, the architecture of the building is magnificent. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and built by George Baker and Sons of Lambeth in the 19th century. It is an example of German Romanesque architecture with its use of dramatic arches and towers. The building is decorated with fawn and blue-grey coloured terracotta and structural iron and contemporary mechanical systems are used for practicality. Great artistic expression was enabled by terracotta due to its ability to mold. This meant that the building could be decorated with beautiful plants and animals, wonderfully appropriate to a building dedicated to the research and teaching of the natural world. The zoology exhibits on the west side of the building are surrounded by embellishment of living material and the geology section on the east side is surrounded by embellishment of extinct material.

The Hintze Hall, gateway to the museums collections and galleries, famous home of Dippy the Dinosaur has many wonderful Victorian architectural features. Coriander Stained Glass was contracted by the Museum to carry out necessary renovation and repairs to the traditional stained glass lead light windows (designed by Waterhouse) on the East and West elevations of the Hall.

The first part of our project was the removal of 39 Victorian stained glass lead light window panels, which at our studios received complete renovation/rebuilding and were then re-installed. The second was to carry out in the region of 150 in-situ glass repairs across the rest of the stained glass lead light window panels that were structurally sound enough not to require renovation/rebuilding.

Our whole team at Coriander Stained Glass are extremely proud to have worked on this project.

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Coriander Stained Glass – Hintze Hall, The Natural History Museum renovation and repairs

This week we have started on our very exciting stained glass project at the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum was founded in 1881 and is one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings. The museum includes collections of great historical and scientific value.We are part of work taking place at the Museum involving various projects to the first floor of the Hintze Hall, the famous central hall including the 1,300 year old giant sequoia, Darwin’s statue, Diplodocus skeleton cast, woolly mammoth skull and tusks and the coelacanth.

We are currently working on the beautiful Victorian stained glass on the West elevation windows. The pictures show our team removing panels for renovation. Traditional stained glass lead lights last for a very long time, but over decades the lead structure does eventually wear out in some instances, weakening or bowing. Individual glass panels can get broken either from this or from accidental impacts.

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On the panels where the lead structure needs to be replaced we are removing them to strip and rebuild at our studios. On others that have a small amount of broken glass and a strong lead structure we will be carrying out in-situ glass replacement.

We will keep readers of our news updated with our progress through July and August.

Coriander Stained Glass – Lots of Recent Projects!

Hello, and welcome back to the Coriander Stained Glass blog! Today, we have a lot of our recent stained glass projects to show you including Victorian stained glass, Edwardian stained glass, Art deco and 1930’s stained glass and other designs!

Other Stained Glass Designs

Geometric stained glass for a home in Richmond, Surrey.


Other Stained Glass Designs

 Door glass fitted in Esher, Surrey





Take a look at our galleries to see more work like this.

Coriander Stained Glass – Our Recent Works

Today, we have to share with you a few of our interesting recent projects.

Traditional stained glass can work very well in stairway windows to look great and obscure the outlook onto a neighbouring house. An example of this is in the photograph below of a recently made Victorian stained glass window.
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This is a set of traditional Victorian stained glass lead lights in a home in North London recently made by us:


Victorian Stained Glass


Another recent project of ours is this Edwardian style front door panel in a home in Norbury, London:



This is a beautiful set of stained glass that we have designed, made and fitted in a home in Wimbledon Village.



This is a recently completed set of traditional stained glass lead lights in an Edwardian home in Esher, Surrey:

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This is another Victorian stained glass recent project by Coriander Stained Glass:


If you would like to see more Victorian and Edwardian stained glass like these, please take a look at our Victorian Stained Glass gallery and our Edwardian/ Art Nouveau Stained Glass gallery.

Coriander Stained Glass – The 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations out of 5 of the Lifford family in glass!

I am Georgie Lifford, daughter of the owner of Coriander Stained Glass.

I interviewed Philip Lifford, my grandfather, asking him questions about the family in glass so that I could write this article about the history of the Lifford family in glass. Philip Lifford is the 3rd generation out of 5 generations of the Lifford family who have worked in glass. This article includes information on him, his father (2nd generation) and his grandfather (1st generation).

From repairing war damage to supplying glass cabinets for the crown jewels and restoration glass work for Hampton Court Palace, the Lifford family have been involved with glass for over 100 years.

It all started with my great great grandfather. He had a hand cart in which he would carry small sheets of glass. He started working with glass by walking round the streets and if he saw broken glass he would knock on the door and ask if he could fix it. He opened a shop in Earlsfield (where my grandfather was born).

When my great great grandfather died, his shop was passed onto Arthur Lifford (my great grandfather), the eldest son, who specialized in stained glass. He lived above this shop, which is where Philip Lifford (my grandfather) was born. Arthurs’s brother, Charlie, was equally involved in stained glass. Philip remembers going to Charlie’s house and there being a “round lead light with a galleon in it, lovely”. Lead Lights made by the Liffords’ at the time often had a galleon in them. After the war, Arthur was busy on war damage and would repair broken windows. The government would pay him to do this. Sometimes, Philip and his siblings would not go to school and would help their father instead. Lilien Lifford (my great grandmother) used to look after the shop and make lead lights.

At the back of Arthur’s shop was a fireplace. It had a hook and a thick iron cauldron. At the time, builders were taking lead pipes out of houses and replacing them with copper pipes. They would bring the lead to Arthur who would buy it off them and melt it down in his cauldron to make the lead strips for the lead lights. He would pour the melted lead with a ladle into a long thin device, leave it to cool and release it. He would then take the strips of lead out and feed them into a machine which stretched them into the various thicknesses of lead required. Arthur paid the builders by weight. Therefore, the builders would fill the lead pipes with water to make them heavier, resulting in them getting more money. However, when Arthur put a pipe with water in it in the cauldron, the water would turn to steam and explode. So, sometimes it was Philip and his siblings job to split the lead pipes open to make sure there was no water in them. It was also their job to make the cement. They had to break the putty up into tiny globules and mix this with white spirit until it became a paste.

By the time Philip left school he knew how to work with glass. He learned everything from his father (Arthur) and from helping him. At a young age, Philip often used to play with glass. From living above a glass shop, he learned a great deal about glass and how to work with it. Philip has never been involved in making stained glass windows. After he left school, he got a job with a company glazing. He then joined his father, Arthur, who he got on with but he did not see a future. So, he bought a van and started PA Lifford Glazing Contractor when he was 21. He drove round to building sites, and he wrote to the builders of these building sites and asked if he could quote for putting the glass in the windows. Some of these builders replied and Philip put in the Glass. This is how his business started. Philip established a premises in Tolworth and his brother joined him. They formed Hamilton Glass Company Limited in 1960, which later became Hamilton Glass Products Limited. The company was called ‘Hamilton’ because Philip lived in number 1 Hamilton Avenue, Tolworth and thought that ‘Hamilton’ “sounded rather grand”. The company was heavily involved in replacement windows, aluminium windows and making double glazed units. This type of work became very competitive so Philip came away from it.

The company started slowly, like any business. It was risky and money was tight. It was the only glass firm in the Tolworth area and at the time, the DIY phase was developing. People were taking out 1930’s windows and putting new windows in. Louvre windows were the craze and became very popular. The business did very well out of this.

The way in which the company did well was due to building up a reputation, giving good service and giving reasonable prices. Old customers kept coming back and new ones kept coming too. Coriander is also following in the family tradition by offering the same service.

One of the most interesting jobs Philip’s company got was replacing the glass roof over the vine house at Hampton Court Palace. Coriander Stained Glass has also done various jobs for Hampton Court Palace. Another interesting job that Philip’s company did was when they supplied some glass cabinets for the crown jewels. They have also done glass for Abu Dhabi airport and various mirrors for London hotels.




Our next article will be on Jeremy Lifford, the 4th generation out of 5 in the Lifford family to be involved in glass! Make sure to take a look when its up.

Coriander Stained Glass – Edwardian Stained Glass fitted in Wimbledon

Last week we fitted these stained glass lead lights to an Edwardian home in a conservation area in Wimbledon. The design and glass was based on the original fanlight windows that were constructed when these houses were built. The use of stained glass adds brilliantly to the traditional beauty of homes like this.

Edwardian/Art Nouveau Stained Glass

To see more of our Edwardian Stained Glass projects, head over to our Edwardian/Art Nouveau Stained Glass gallery.

Coriander Stained Glass – A 7 set of stained glass panels

Hello, and welcome back to the Coriander Stained Glass blog!

This week, we have this lovely recent project to show you. This is a set of 7 stained glass panels fitted this week in Hanwell, West London.

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Edwardian/Art Nouveau

5 generations of the Lifford family have worked in glass. We would like to share with you weekly installments over the next few weeks, including interviews of different members of the family which will include three of these generations.

Coriander Stained Glass – Some Recent Windows

We have been working on some interesting projects recently and would like to share some of them with you this week.

Simple Victorian geometric design can work very decoratively in windows on the side of a home and it obscures the view of next door at the same time. We fitted this stained glass in a bathroom in London SW11 this week.

With lots of homes extending into their roof area, creating an extra stairway window is a great way to make the stairway look lovely. It also obscures next doors house. In this case the window ties in with the design and glass already in the original stairway, hall and front entrance stained glass lower down in the house. This is to be fitted this week in an Edwardian home in Hampton.

Edwardian/Art Nouveau Stained Glass

This is another one of our set of stained glass in an Edwardian door on the Southfields grid London SW18 fitted this week. It replicates the original design, glass colour and texture use as closely as possible.

Edwardian/Art Nouveau Stained Glass

To see more of our Victorian Stained glass, please visit our Victorian Stained Glass gallery and to see more of our Edwardian stained glass, please visit our Edwardian/Art Nouveau Stained Glass gallery.

Coriander Stained Glass – Two Interesting Recent Projects

Welcome back to the Coriander Stained Glass blog.

Today, we have two of our projects to share with you. The first is a project for a lovely Victorian home in Hanwell, West London. The stained glass we have created for the front door and two windows is traditional geometric design and glass use. It helps to provide a decorative, warm and welcoming approach to this period property.



Specific traditional designs are often limited to a section of a road, or group of roads. This is a typical example, as this Victorian stained glass design is only found originally in two roads in Wimbledon, South West London. It includes a combination of simple geometric design and lovely painted features. Over the last 20 years, we have put a few of these stained glass sets in these two roads back into the homes where the originals in past decades have been removed.


To view more of our Victorian Stained Glass designs, head over to our Victorian Stained Glass gallery.