Leigh on Sea







...CONT'D

There may also have been some vandalism, causing the lower panels to be removed and leaded, resulting in the retained original, and new repairs, to co-exist. Many of these were better painted than the original, in a far more realistic style, making them stand out.

It was clear that the slightest movement could cause the glass to crack, and so we advised the PCC that it needed to be removed for proper repair and set it into a protective glazing scheme that would allow for movement. This we achieved by replacing the large steel frames with individual manganese bronze frames that were fixed onto the inside of the stone reveals. Each panel was fitted loosely into its frame to allow for movement. The original glazing grooves we glazed with protective sheets of laminated glass, edged with lead and sealed with a lime mortar, supported by a series of bars.

We carried out many edge-bond repairs and cold-painting. Our previous in-situ repairs, along with some previous repairs, held fast, and we added some lead lines to the weaker areas for stability.

A previous darkening paint or lacquer had been applied to some of the previous replacement background pieces, as if the glaziers had decided their attempts were not dark enough to match the brooding skies. Where this had flaked off, we back-painted with a gold size/glass paint mix to match the colouring.