Little Burstead, Billericay, Essex
This elaborate armorial crest sits amongst other decorative features of various eras in a single light window in the North Aisle.
It was damaged twice; once in 2004 and again in 2006 when vandals tried to break in – which they did.
Apart from a 15th C roundel of the letters ‘IPC’, this piece was the only ancient piece of glass in the window. It is beautifully
decorated with fruits of many colours, all of which had to be duplicated using layers of enamel paints, stains and oxides.
Fortunately, the photographs taken in 2004 gave the pictorial information required to complete the missing piece of 2006.
The new piece was edge-bonded to the original pieces and back-plated for stability and to protect it from the elements.
Only strong fixings for the existing wire guard and new external ‘burglar bars’ have, thus far, protected it from further impact.