Here at Coriander Stained Glass, the maintenance and conservation of original glasswork is an important part of our job. We are very proud of the work we have been doing at Hampton Court Palace, and on this page we will be cataloguing the work we do for them. The palace was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey in the early 1500’s, and for many years after that it was home to many members of the Royal Family. However, it has not been inhabited by the Royal Family since the 18th Century and has undergone extensive renovation undertaken by its’ many owners.
Yet another leadlight at the front Gatehouse, in the Guard’s Tower, but now to the right of the entrance. The lead profile is thicker here than in most other places, and we have tried our best to have it marry its neighbour aesthetically. The metal frame the leadlight is fitted to has a very elegant original window-stopper design, which is well worth taking a look at, when you find yourself there on your next visit.
We are very pleased to announce that the large project of the restoration of Apartment 39 is now complete. We have had the pleasure to work with Simpson Brickwork in their restorative efforts to give a new life to the apartment. We have restored more than 20 of the original leadlights on the three exposed facades of the building.
An estimated 260 hours of labour went into this project, from removal, to rebuilding, to cementing, and to finally installation.
We are very happy with the outcome.
These twin diamond leadlights overlook the main gate of the entrance to the palace. The panels have both degraded a significant amount and required a full rebuild. They had suffered from previous negligent rebuilding and unsightly repairing, and we have tried our best to restore their original aesthetic, but also preserve all the original intact glass as we found it. This is so that the physical history of the palace remains for the future generations.
This month we have also been asked to restore one of the leadlights in the Guard’s Tower, to the immediate left of the Main Gate on entry. When you next find yourself visiting the palace, please look out for our restoration work!
Also involved in the Apartment 39 area, this unusual grilled leadlight needed restoration due to loss of structural integrity in the lead. We have taken a sympathetic approach to the unusual lead-cast (or pressed) grills inserted, by removing all of the old paint and carefully flattening them. All of the broken glass is replaced with HCP-approved heritage glass to match the character of the surrounding old glass.
The Apartment 39 project is nearing completion. We have almost finished rebuilding all of the traditional leadlights we have, and the work site is almost ready to receive these windows. Throughout the building process, various types of glass were discovered to have been used. There were more contemporary pieces from early 20th century, but also much older pieces that must be one of the odlest we have seen as part of our work in Hampton Court. Pictured is a very distinct and unique piece of light green with a really large defect in the middle of the piece. It is truly exciting to be working with glass as interesting and rich as this.
We are very excited to announce that we are beginning work on a large project for Hampton Court. With more than 20 panels to be carefully removed, rebuilt and reinstalled, we are working with Simpson Brickwork on the restoration of Appartment 39. The building is to be completely refurbished, with brick, plaster, roofing and windows all to be renewed. We are very proud to have been selected to do this project, and will be updating this frequently. Below are images of the window frames that have been extracted by the builders, so that we may remove the leadlights, and us beginning work on this historically-sensetive project. During our rebuilding process, we make sure that every single quarry that is extracted from the old leadwork is cleaned and located in its exact position, facing the same orientation and direction. Lots of documentation and effort goes into projects like these.
This month we were asked to glaze a lantern. This work was done as part of the refurbishment efforts by the palace to create more publicly-accessible areas. Whilst this work is unusual to our portfolio, we made sure to safely and securely glaze individually-cut laminated glass into the metal frame. The pieces were held in place with copper hooks at the bottom, attached in collaboration with the experienced workers of HCP. The particular glass was chosen, as opposed to the more common wired safety glass, in order to maximise the amount of admitted light into the space below, thereby creating a pleasant environment for the public.
This rectangular panel was one of few we made that can be viewed from public areas. The leadlight is set into stone, and reinforced with saddle bars.
A narrow diamond-quarry leadlight rebuilt for Apartment 44, fixed into a metal frame.
A diamond quarry leadlight, removed, rebuilt, and installed for Apartment 38. This leadlight is set into stone, requiring the use of lime to seal and secure as per tradition. Lime has been used in traditional construction for millenia, and it is always a joy to make use of it.
Under the care and maintenance of Hampton Court Palace, we were invited to repair some of the leadlights in the historic and unique Queen Charlotte’s Cottage in Kew Gardens. The cottage was used in the late 18th century by the royal family for resting and taking tea during walks in the garden. The leadlights tie in to the traditional brick, timber frame, and thatched roof, so all care was undertaken to repair as seamlessly as possible.
We worked with the palace as part of the team repairing the windows on The South Front. We replaced multiple broken glass panes on all levels.
In-situ repairs to broken glass in lead lights in Tennis Court Lane, and The Georgian House
Lead light renovation overlooking Base Court. Over time, constant opening of the windows causes the lead structure to weaken and come away from its metal frame. Here, we lifted the opener off and in our studio removed it from its metal frame. We stripped the lead light, rebuilt it into a new traditional lead structure and then re-attached it to its metal frame.
A lead light renovation into stone at Hampton Courts Haunted Gallery
Glass repairs in the Masters Carpenters Courtyard, Hampton Court Palace.
Two diamond panels restored in the Master Carpenters Court, Hampton Court Palace.
In the top left hand corner of the following images you will see our new vent created using a design of soldered lead, we believe that this method of vent construction is unique and approval was needed for its use by English Heritage.
A second traditional lead light restoration for the Georgian House at Hampton Court Palace.
A restoration of a traditional leaded light in Fountain Court at Hampton Court Palace.
We have recently restored this traditional lead light in the Georgian House at Hampton Court Palace, one of the properties the palace lets out to visitor via the landmark trust. Visit the Coriander Stained Glass News page for more information on the Landmark Trust.
Here is a step by step look at some recent work we have carried out at the palace:
This next picture shows two diamond panels that we have stripped and rebuilt into new lead light structures using the old glass, which was probably two to three hundred years old. New frames have been made by the joiners at Hampton Court, the picture was taken in their workshop at the Palace.
We will be updating this page with any other work we carry out at the palace, but in the mean time please take a look at our Stained Glass News page to follow our other projects. Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.