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Church Loop Systems

Audio Frequency Induction Loops - The Law has changed

In the UK public venues such as churches MUST have a standards compliant Audio Frequency Induction Loop fitted - by law.

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Traditional Windows

Why is repair better than replacement?

Traditional windows can often be simply and economically repaired, usually at a cost significantly less than replacement. For timber windows this is largely due to the high quality and durability of the timber that was used in the past (generally pre-1919) to make windows. Properly maintained, old timber windows can enjoy extremely long lives.

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Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Back Issues

Audio Visual

Audio visual equipment in church buildings

This guidance is issued by the Church Buildings Council under section 55(1)(d) of the Dioceses, Mission and Pastoral Measure 2007. As it is statutory guidance, it must be considered with great care. The standards of good practice set out in the guidance should not be departed from unless the departure is justified by reasons that are spelled out clearly, logically and convincingly.

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Master Carvers

Carving out an enviable reputation

The Master Carvers Association was founded in 1897 as an employers association, by a number of companies who employed carvers, to enable national negotiations with the emerging unions.

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Church Grants

Over £50m available for church repair and restoration

Every year and sometimes bi-annually, grants are made available for churches and listed buildings. The funding is available for restoration and repair.

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Heritage Training

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Skills for the future to safeguard the past

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World have a selection of heritage training providers listed within our online directory offering a wide range of courses.

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Antique Restoration

Nearly four decades of maintaining standards

For nearly four decades BAFRA has been ensuring that the heritage of antique furniture can be dealt with by the qualified, experienced and skilled craftsmen who have achieved accredited status within the organisation.

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Traditional Lime

Ancient building material still has many uses

One of the universal building materials prior to the end of the 19th century was lime. Lime was present in various forms in almost every building, from limewash on the walls of cattle byres and cottages to the mortar used on cathedral and castle walls.

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Leadworker Register

The Leadworker Register - putting skills at the heart of the industry

The Lead Sheet Association has been developing and running successful training and qualification initiatives for many years to help ensure that standards of leadwork are high across the construction industry.

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Lead Contractors

Setting the standards for leadwork

Contractors wishing to join the LCA must submit three examples of their work to be assessed by a nominated LCA vetting officer, normally a member of Council. The design and application skills viewed on site will be graded and a subsequent recommendation made to the Chairman of the Vetting Committee, who will then report to Council.

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Stained Glass

A brief history of stained glass

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonné and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began.

By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.

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Architectural Metalwork

A guide to architectural metalwork, wrought iron and its restoration

Our next issue will feature a fascinating insight, exploring metallurgy, production techniques, its architectural and historical context and best practice conservation.

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Heirtage Roofing

Heritage Roofing Register - a helping hand for architects

A unique register of heritage roofing specialists is providing much needed help and assurance for architects and specifiers when working on heritage projects. The Register is the brainchild of the UK’s largest roofing trade association, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

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CRE Events

CRE goes ‘Back to the Future’ at Sandown

Under new management that looks very familiar, the Christian Resources Exhibition returns to Sandown Park in Surrey next year from October 17-19.

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Memorial Masons

A memorial should be a fitting tribute

Erecting a lasting memorial is the final service we can perform for a loved one when they have deceased and we put a great deal of care into choosing the right one.

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ISCE

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Promoting technical excellence

ISCE is a specialist Learned Society and professional body for sound and communications engineers. Founded in 1948, it is an entirely independent Institute, run by a Council elected by its members. Members maintain a code of conduct in professional activities, embodying high ethical standards and concern for the environmental and sociological impacts of professional activities.

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New Products Showcase

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New products help to conserve our heritage

Whilst visitors to this website operate in the sector committed to restoring and conserving the historic buildings and artefacts belonging to the past, they are non the less reliant on the very latest products on the market place to perform this task.

Showcased here you will find some of the latest and most innovative new products and services currently available to help us preserve and maintain our heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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FTMRC

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Working in partnership is key to success

This was the key theme in the chairman's introduction to the recent FTMRC statement. Chairman, Trevor Corser, also managing director of JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd, said:

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Lightning Protection

When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.

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Think Brick

Proven reliability over the centuries

Brick is one of our oldest building materials and its use dates back to the beginning of civilisation.

The Brick Development Association represents the United Kingdom and Ireland’s clay brick and paver industries and promotes the contribution that brick makes to the places and spaces we live and work in today.

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Lightning Protection

Inspect and Protect with ATLAS

Lightning protection is widely used within the corporate sector but many churches and heritage buildings are unaware of the need for specialist lightning protection.

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‘The fairest abbey of all Wales’ returned to former glory through CGI technology

Neath Abbey — a site that has witnessed Cistercian monks, Tudor splendour and thriving industry over its 900-year history — will share its story with visitors in new and exciting ways from this month.

Part of a wider £548k project, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) has today (20 June 2017) unveiled a series of interactive displays at the 12th-century site, to help visitors explore its rich and varied history.

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Unique style revived - and the light shines forth

If you venture west from the coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed – on the border of England and Scotland – towards the gentle, rounded hills of the Cheviots, you will soon enter the small village of Ancroft in Northumberland. At the centre of the village is the small parish church of St Anne, from which the village may have derived its name.

The church dates from the latter part of the 11th century, built by the monks from nearby Holy Island. It was later fortified with a Northumbrian pele tower, a 13th-century addition that provided shelter against the continual Scottish border raids prevalent at the time. St Anne’s was restored in 1836 and again in 1870 – by Alnwick architect F R Wilson. During that time the nave was extended, the chancel rebuilt and the windows replaced: all in imitation of the Norman original.

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Sheffield church trailblazes new maintenance service

A Sheffield church has become the first in the country to benefit from Maintenance Booker, an innovative maintenance service from the National Churches Trust.

The historic Grade II listed St Augustine's church in Endcliffe, Sheffield, is the first church in the UK to carry out vital maintenance work booked through the Maintenance Booker website, which makes it easy for the people who look after historic churches to keep them in good condition.

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Pipe organ restoration reveals original glazier

J Goodwin Stained Glass recently had the privilege of playing a small role in the restoration of the historically significant pipe organ of All Saints Church in Roos, Yorkshire.

The organ was built by Karl Christian Reiter of Hull in 1881, and is one of only two known to survive in an unmodified condition. The masonary repairs and timber work were carried out by F Kemp & Son of Skirlaugh, the organ was expertly restored and rebuilt by Harrogate-based Peter Wood & Son, and the front pipes were beautifully reinstated to their original design using colour matched paint by John McWilliams, the church warden.

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When you can’t see the building for the trees!

The photographs in this article illustrate two ‘messages’ regarding the virtues of planting trees alongside heritage buildings. They are taken from a project recently carried out at York Minster by arboricultural and landscape consultants Barnes and Associates. It involved a tree survey, a health and safety assessment, an assessment of replanting opportunities and a management plan.

The photograph on the left demonstrates how the planting of small, out-of-proportion trees may distract from the magnificent structure of the Minster. They provide habitat, cooling and water retention – but are they the right trees in the right place?

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The care and repair of our built heritage

The Yorkshire Dales have a stunningly beautiful range of both listed and non-listed buildings, each with its own unique history and stories to tell, writes old and listed building specialist Kevin Woods.

They stand as a tribute to the craftsmanship of our forbears, ranging from imposing castles, stately homes, parish churches and manor houses to simply-built workers’ cottages, field barns and dry-stone walls.

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Bringing back the terracotta glow at historic church

A major project just completed at St Catherine’s Parish Church in Horwich near Bolton, restores original terracotta features that were suffering from over a hundred years of weathering. More than 100 new blocks, manufactured by Darwen Terracotta (DTL) in Blackburn have been installed by Lambert Walker Limited under the supervision of Buttress Architects in Manchester.

St Catherine’s is noted for its magnificent West window, framed in terracotta and part of the initial phase of construction undertaken between 1897 and 1902. “Time had not been kind, the prevailing weather had eroded joints permitting water ingress resulting in secondary frost damage to some of the blocks,” observed DTL director Jon Almond. In total over 100 blocks were identified that had been damaged beyond repair including sills, mullions and window surrounds as well as wall copings and buttress units.

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You’re right, there’s something missing from your calendar

The trees are in fresh leaf, the Spring sun is shining… well, occasionally… and you’re thinking: “Shouldn’t I be at CRE this week to discover all that’s new in church resources?”

For more than 30 years this unique event has been held in mid-May, but in 2017 CRE are ringing the changes.

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New lightning conductor system that’s up to standard

Horizon recently removed an old and inadequate lightning conductor system from a church and replaced it with a new and up to standard system in line with BS EN 62305;2011

The old single bare copper down conductor had oxidised over the years and was not pleasing to look at, this was not helped by the unsightly installation of the tape by the original installer that had it running down the middle of the clock face of the church tower. Horizon removed the old tape by installation steeplejack ladders to the summit of the church spire and then using rope access techniques abseiled down the spire to remove the old tape and fixings.

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Aura to co-host Heritage Building Seminar

Aura Conservation Ltd have teamed up with RICS and the International Masonry Society (IMS) to present a one-day seminar entitled ‘Through The Keyhole – The Victoria Quarter Conservation Project’. The seminar is being held on Thursday 15th June 2017 at the Rose Bowl Leeds Beckett University Lecture Theatre.

What makes this seminar different to other Heritage seminars is the 'case study' approach which they have undertaken to present this large complex project in detail; the seminar will be taking you ‘through the keyhole’ to all aspects of the ‘Victoria Quarter’ Conservation Project.

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Farrow & Ball gutter paints transform modern and traditional homes

Why Cast Iron?

Throughout the UK you’ll find rainwater guttering and downpipes in cast iron on many heritage and period properties. It is incredibly strong, last for decades and is 100% recyclable. If properly installed and maintained it will enhance the properties it protects by looking timeless, authentic and beautiful for over 100 years.

If neglected and exposed to the elements without proper protection the characteristics that make it such a great eco choice, its recyclability, become its weakness – that process of natural recycling begin with rusting, then flaking and eventually end in disintegration.

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James Stone Masonry Ltd gets the job done at St Paul’s Court Macclesfield

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World James Stone MasonryJames Stone Masonry Ltd were used as the specialist sub contractor to carry out the restoration work at St Paul’s Court Macclesfield, the original scope of works was to cut away the old hard sand and cement repairs to window surrounds and replace with a lime mortar repair system.

First of all samples were carried out to be approved by the client and conservation officer, once approved the work commenced on the window surrounds.

During the works James Stone Masonry Ltd were asked to look at further works needed within the project this included taking off and re-bedding copings to gables, descaleing loose and friable stone work and 100 percent pointing to the front and two side elevations, once again samples were carried out and approved by client and conservation officer.

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Southend church gets new stained glass windows to complement new interior

This set of four 2-light windows, designed by Essex-based Aura Visions, was set into the East elevation of Avenue Baptist Church, Southend on Sea, once the organ and choir pews had been removed. The entire building was reordered to allow for an ever-growing congregation which also required the replacement of the Baptistry Pool. This was decorated by Paul Siggins of the Mosaic Studio, Southend and is a stunning centre piece for the new interior.

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Lancashire firm plays major role in restoration of remote Scottish castle

TSB Ironcraft of Rishton, near Blackburn in Lancashire, played a major part in the three-year restoration project at the historic Mingary Castle on the west coast of Scotland, which was completed last year.

TSB are a small family business who have been involved with the manufacture and installation of wrought iron products for over 12 years.

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The wait is over for cast aluminium colours – 26 colours in 7 days

Heritage Cast Aluminium gutters and downpipes are a cost-effective alternative to Cast Iron being lighter and therefore easier to handle and fix; non-corrodible and durable with a life expectancy of 40 years and still 100% recyclable. The BBA approved in-house factory applied Polyester Powder Coated (PPC) Heritage Cast Aluminium gutters and downpipes in a choice of 26 standard colours are now consistently being delivered in 7 - 10 days.

Aluminium is already the low maintenance option for guttering but the factory applied PPC has a life expectancy of at least 15 years in heavily polluted areas and 20 elsewhere, and extends the life of the product beyond 40 years. Only periodic maintenance is advised; applying a warm soapy water solution to bring back the original appearance while checking for joint integrity and removing any accumulated debris at the same.

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Jay Stubbs, a self-employed leadworker from Essex, scoops Young Leadworker of the Year 2017 prize

After a tough practical assessment at the LSA back in March, we are delighted to announce that Jay Stubbs, 26 years old, from Hornchurch in Essex is the LSA 2107 Young Leadworker of the Year.Jay received his award as part of The Roofing Awards 2017, organised by the NFRC.

Jay, who is self-employed and trades as LDN Leadwork Ltd, beat two other top candidates to the title – Callum Thornhill, a self-employed leadworker trading as CT Leadworks Ltd from Kirton in Lincolnshire; and Shane White, a self-employed Leadworker trading as SW Leadworks Ltd from Wiveliscombe in Somerset.

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Caroe team appointed for HLF community development project in Marylebone, London

Historic building specialist, Caroe Architecture Ltd, is delighted to announce the selection of their multi-disciplinary team for the delivery of an exciting £8.5million HLF-supported project at St Marylebone Parish Church, London.

The existing building dates from 1814 to a design by Thomas Hardwick and is Listed Grade I. In the 1980s and 90s the Crypt was developed to accommodate a medical centre. The St Marylebone Changing Lives project now seeks to build upon the success of the church and provide new community facilities through enlargement of the crypt space to the east side.

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NFRC member completes first full roof refurbishment under one warranty

HRR pic1Leading NFRC member, Heritage Roofing & Renovation Ltd is pleased to be the first contractor to complete a full roof refurbishment under ONE warranty.

AN EXTREMELY CHALLENGING PROJECT...

It didn’t take long for Heritage Roofing & Renovation Ltd to realise that the job they’d taken on would be no ordinary re-roof. The building was an early 20th Century detached town house in Dorking, Surrey, with a 170m2 roof that comprised four Barn Hips and two Gable Ends – highly unusual, and extremely challenging, for a building of this size.

The varying pitches meant the roof had almost no straight runs, so every single component had to be cut to the correct size, depending on the area of the roof.

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When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.

The nature of church architecture means they are particularly prone to lightning strikes. The very act of projecting the building towards heaven with a tower or spire – to glorify God and to act as a landmark for miles around – works towards them attracting lightning.

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Leadwork in focus: BLM launch 2017 Photo Competition

BLM British Lead, the UK’s leading manufacturer of Rolled Lead Sheet, invite leadworkers and roofing contractors to enter their recently launched Photo Competition.

The theme of the Photo Competition focuses on unique and striking Lead photography from impressive and inspiring projects.

They are looking to see pictures of unusual and interesting detail from the hidden to the well-known, small to significant volume projects. Similarly, more common application detailing shot from unusual angles or in an unusual setting.

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Gothic wood carving projects by Agrell Architectural Carving Ltd

In addition to ecclesiastical projects, Agrell Architectural Carving are often requested to provide hand carving in the Gothic style for private residences around the world. Whether it’s for a kitchen, a bathroom, some furniture or a whole manor, the Gothic style continues to be as popular now as ever before. Kate Agrell takes up the story: 

"One of our recent projects was to provide a joinery company with 37 hand-carved Gothic tracery panels. These are to be placed in the furniture for a kitchen, bathroom and library at a private residence. As you can see from the photographs, the designs are marked out and all the Gothic tracery panels are carved by hand – no CNC’s – to ensure beautiful, clean and crisp lines providing the highest quality product for the client. Due to our large team of carvers we were able to provide a high quality product, consistency in carving and delivery of the 37 hand carved panels in just over a month.

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