Sunday, 24 January 2021

Corbett Estate Eltham

 Archibald Cameron Corbett inherited his father's property business in 1880 and through the late 1800's and early 1900's he built large estates in South East London. His houses were aimed at the skilled working class and middle class market and the standardisation of many components allowed for quality at a large scale. This was also true for his stained glass and luckily there are many original panels left to copy.

This house is in the Eltham Corbett Estate. New panels were made using some original period glasses from my stock of old glasses, keeping as close as possible to the original lead pattern, and colour layout. One small change was the incorporation of roundels instead of discs of coloured glass. Typically this style of panel would have had roundels but I suspect on a large scale cutting discs of glass was massively cheaper than using roundels which are hand spun.  

With thanks to Callum Wells for the above photos 

Beautiful hand painted birds by Flora Jamieson

Corbett owners are quite rightly very proud of their heritage and it is always a pleasure to put in new or restored work into these houses. More information can be found on Corbett click here and here!

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Clearing the white noise!

These beautiful panels weren't quite at full glory with the safety glass, Georgian Wired behind them. As the name suggests Georgian Wired is manufactured with a wire mesh built in, it's often used in industrial areas which need fire safety rating. In a front door it's not ideal as it detracts from the pattern and textures of the glass. This lovely set of panels was probably put in after the Second World War when safety considerations were uppermost....

With safety glass

Removal of safety glass from door panels and clean-up.

 A glaziers joke?
This Georgian 'Umbrella' style fanlight is carefully painted (complete with drop shadow) onto Georgian Wired in a Georgian house!

Monday, 18 January 2021


 Recently completed this classic Victorian design. These shaped apertures were made to take stained glass which emphasizes the carpenters skill. It is also a design which converts well to different shapes. It is such a pleasure to reinstate a door set like this.

With thanks for photos - courtesy of Kevin Donegan  


Monday, 23 November 2020

A small upgrade!

I recently restored this panel which had a large single pane section of arctic and lead overlay strips (lower right). 

The background glass is a beautiful old glass called Muffle, the pattern varied greatly over time but the original pattern was a repeating daisy shape with great movement and bounce!  

We took the opportunity to keep the beautiful glasses but alter some features of the design making the panel more elegant and balanced...

Inserting supporting glass in the rebate at the front cut down on reflections and meant that you could really appreciate the lovely glass.

Armorial Panels

 Following up on that last post, here's a few more 'befores', the panels were in a pretty bad way...

When cleaned, re-leaded, re-soldered and cemented these panels were incredibly beautiful - the clear glass in the background had a gentle distortion and the hot colours of the old Muffle glass in the shields really blazed in the sunshine. 


Saturday, 1 August 2020

Little Heap of Horrors

Before it was banned red lead (lead (II, IV) oxide) was added to cement to make it rock hard. Mostly you come across the odd violent orange fleck here and there when dismantling old panels but in 11 armorial panels I am restoring it seems like they tipped their stock of red lead in both powder and liquid form into the panels...

Nightmare on red lead street!