Leaded-lights are often referred to under the umbrella term of “stained glass”. Technically speaking however, the glass within a leaded-light will not be “stained” (by the application of glass paints, silverstain or enamels to the surface), relying instead on lead strips or “cames” to divide the individual pieces of glass and create either an image, geometric pattern or simple matrix of rectangular or diamond “quarries”. The glass used within might be either coloured, as can be found in examples of period Victorian and Edwardian lead-lights in homes, churches & public buildings the length and breadth of the country, or clear to allow for maximum light transmission.
Lightworks have many years of experience in the design, production and installation of traditional hand-crafted leaded-light windows for private domestic residences and churches. We have also undertaken extensive works on behalf of the owners of Grade I & II listed buildings, working closely with clients, architects, conservation officers and on a number of projects, English Heritage to ensure the most suitable and sympathetic approach and use of materials. Just two such examples of projects of this nature include the restoration and conservation of 80 leaded-lights at Grade I listed Upper Headley Hall (1589) near Bradford, and also of the leaded glazing at Grade I listed Dallam Tower (1720) in Cumbria.
Design, production & installation of new bespoke windows for homes, churches, public buildings and listed properties
Insitu repairs to single pieces of glass within existing lead-lights
Full repair and re-leading of windows that have been extensively damaged or are structurally weak due to age
The use of hand produced mouth-blown cylinder glass for prestige/historic/heritage projects
Encapsulation of existing period leaded-lights into new double glazed units