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Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & Co Based in North Yorkshire and established over 30 years ago Topp & Co is
a leader in the restoration of heritage ironwork and one of the best known
names for the design and creative production of modern and traditional
iron work.

Suppliers of fine architectural metalwork and wrought ironwork
to some of the most prestigious properties in the world.

Ecclesiastical Ironwork

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoChuppah Poles
Topp & Co. were asked to make four Chuppah Poles for the Jewish Museum in Manchester,
which is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. It is the only Jewish Museum
outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester,
completed in 1874. It is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style.

Using old photographs provided by the museum and some research, each pole was made in
brass and has a solid cast base and hollow twisted upright poles with an extendable rod to add
height with a finial at the top.

Location: Manchester
Client: Private Client
Material: Brass

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Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoGate restoration for the Piece Hall in Halifax
The magnificent gates of the Piece Hall in Halifax have benefited from an extensive conservation
programme to repair and restore them to their original condition and decorative scheme.

Topp & Co. had them for over one year while they were repaired, conserved and repainted. The
conservation work has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The conservation work involved removing the gates and taking them to the company’s workshop.
Consultation was undertaken on the proposed new colour scheme which uses strong, rich Victorian
colours appropriate to the era of the design and construction of these ornate gates. At the workshop,
the heritage colour scheme was reintroduced, and the wear and tear associated with over 100 years
of use was repaired. The gates returned home to the Piece Hall in outstanding condition and ready
for a renewed future.

Location: Halifax
Client: Calderdale Council
Material: Wrought Iron
Material: Cast Iron

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Stairs and Ballustrades

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoQueen’s Gallery
Built for the new extension to Buckingham Palace, which now houses the Queen’s Gallery, this
balustrade was designed by prominent London architect John Simpson and executed in cast bronze
and mild steel by Topp & Co. The style is unrestrainedly classical with the use of steel ropes to
comply with British building regulations. Finished in natural bronze and gold leaf, the rope motif
follows through into the hardwood handrails above the newels.

Location: Buckingham Palace
Architect: John Simpson
Material: Mild Steel
Material: Wrought Iron
Material: Cast Iron
Material: Bronze
Material: Wood
Sub Contractor: Cambrian Castings
Sub Contractor: Crafted Handrails
Sub Contractor: Capisco Ltd
Sub Contractor: John Aynsley & Co

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Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoSouth Hill Park gates and railings
South Hill Park is a 9.6 hectare site which lies to the south of Bracknell town centre in Birch Hill.

Gates, railings, rose arches and handrails were all made in genuine wrought iron for the Heritage
Lottery project which was awarded a £2.3 million lottery grant.

Location: Bracknell
Client: Bracknell Town Council
Material: Wrought Iron
Main Contractor: Gavin Jones

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Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoAnnesley Church wrought iron handrail
Annesley Old Church stands on a mound within the grounds of Annesley Hall, close to the estate
wall. It’s a Grade I listed building, and was bought by Ashfield District Council in 1980 and placed
in the care of the Kirkby and District Conservation Society to protect it from a demolition order.

With the help of a grant from the National Heritage Lottery the area had a makeover and Topp & Co.
were involved with making wrought iron grilles, two handrails and a 16ft high screen with a gate to
help make the site secure and safe for visitors.

Material: Wrought Iron

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Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoDean’s Eye Window repairs - Lincoln Cathedral
The Dean’s Eye rose window, the North Transept of the cathedral is one of the most important examples
of medieval stained glass in Europe.

Work started in 1990 and latest for 12 years on the largest restoration programme anywhere in Europe,
the previous restoration of a window of this size was to south transept window of the Notre Dame in
Paris. The Lincoln window has been part of a £2 millions restoration programme.

Topp & Co. have been working in conjunction with Lincoln Cathedral for several years to restore the
wrought iron Ferramenta to a number of the cathedrals magnificent stain glass windows. Most of the
original 800 year old medieval ironwork, or Ferramenta, has been conserved, the original iron work was
restored in the company’s North Yorkshire workshops. Considering the frames are 800 years old there
were remarkably few repairs needed.

Location: Lincoln
Client: Lincoln Cathedral
Year: 2010
Material: Wrought Iron

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Miscellaneous Projects

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoFire Screens at House of Commons
This project was part of a larger scheme to re-decorate and conserve the historic interior of the room.
The client wanted to reinstate a missing fire-guard, and the missing trim to the fire-hood.

The design of the new fire-guard was based on that of the fire-guard in the Salisbury Room. The details
of the setting out and construction of the new fire-guard, including the profile of all sections and the
exact detail of latches, stanchions, finials, decorative ornament etc., needed to be an exact facsimile of
this existing fire-guard. The dimensions were adjusted to suit the site dimensions of the Peers Writing
Room fireplace. Many of the parts were no longer available and had to be specially made. Some of the
sections could not be sourced, so Topp & Co. had to come up with a way of making them from scratch.

Location: London
Client: Palace of Westminster
Material: Brass

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Parks and Bandstands

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoBandstand Restoration - Exhibition Park Newcastle
Topp & Co. recently completed the restoration of this beautiful bandstand for Exhibition Park in
Newcastle. Completed on time and to the client’s expectations the bandstand is the centre piece of
the parks restoration.

The bandstand was built in 1875. It is a cast iron structure with a zinc roof and an octagonal platform
with scrolled cast iron balustrade. Thin cast iron columns support the arches and decorative spandrels.
The round-topped curved roof has an ornate spike finial.

There were challenges along the way as issues came to light that were not evident at the time of pricing,
but all in all the end justified the means and Topp & Co. are extremely proud of this restoration project.

Location: Newcastle
Main Contractor: Esh Construction

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Public Art

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Topp & CoCast iron monument - Castle Howard
At Castle Howard Yorkshire’s very own empty plinth was reinstated after a £60,000 restoration programme.
An ornamental Grecian brazier, or urn now  sits back on top of the 100ft high column at Castle Howard.
Leaping copper flames which have been gilded to reflect the sun’s light with a fiery glow crown the
impressive structure, resting on a ten-foot Grecian tripod on the column.

Topp & Co. worked with Easingwold-based Ebor Stone and York gilder Bill Bonney to restore the
magnificent monument, which is visible for miles around.

Location: North Yorkshire
Material: Wrought Iron
Material: Cast Iron
Material: Copper

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