Specialist designer, maker, restorer & installer of leaded glass for windows & doors using traditional methods & materials
Based in South London until mid-2017, we relocated to Somerset - somersetstainedglass.co.uk - and continue to work in South and South West London on certain projects. Do feel free
to enquire, although its unlikely we will service minor repair work.
Our bespoke leaded panels are hand made in the traditional fashion, using coloured glass pieces and lead. They are fully weather proof, for use as normal external glazing as well as interior decoration. They may be incorporated within
Repair and restoration work aims to fully respect the original work, the building & the client's needs.
Recent London work has been in Balham, Barnes, Beckenham,
Brockley, Clapham, Croydon, Herne Hill,
Sydenham, walton, Twickenham
Contact us on 07412 473311 or use the enquiry form
All of the following images show stained glass and leaded light that we hvae built. Some of the desing are original, others are copies or our interpretation of original panels
We make new stained glass panels to match or complement existing glasswork We can work with you and your designs – traditional or contemporary - to produce new stained glass windows. We prepare and execute designs from your
ideas, come up with design ideas for you and install the finished panels if required - possibly fronted with laminated glass for additional security and support.
Stained glass peacock for clinet in Streatham, from an original design another client salvaged from a skip in Bromley!
Stained glass windows and leaded lights do not last for ever but they can usually be repaired or restored to their (almost) original condition.
Apart from the glass cracking, (usually due to impact) the compound that holds the glass firm in the lead deteriorates over time, becomes powdery and eventually falls out. Then some of the rigidity of the panel is lost, and it becomes loose, and
begins to bow and bulge. Once this happens usually the best solution is to remove it (and fix boarding over the opening for security), take it apart from the old lead (which is the scrapped and recycled), wash the glass, rebuild
the panel with new lead and cement and then reinstall, often with new supporting bars to which the panel is secured with tie-wires.
The client removed this sash to enable us to extract, disassenble and rebuild the damaged leaded light, replacing broken pieces. Sydenham, SE26
We use lead from 5 to 16mm wide (one quarter to five eighths inch) with a rounded or flat profile. In the simplest plain, clear, transparent 'cottage' leaded lights we can use regular 3 or 4mm float glass, which is very flat and
'perfect'. Often we use a variety of horticultural glass, around 3mm, which has a less perfect surface, and provides a more traditional look. There are machine and hand made 'restoration' glasses, to look like 'old' glass ,
with small bubbles (seeds) and an irregular surface and thickness.
Our methods are very tradtional, although we use dedicated stained glass design software, which produces accurate, coloured visuals for the client and a working drawing from the same file.
Rebuilding a Streatham door panel that had bowed
'Cementing' bonds the glass and the lead for rigidity and weather resistance.
Preparing to cut glass - set to be encapsulated into double glazing
Visual of front door stained glass set for a Streatham client
Lead - in 25kg boxes and various widths and profiles
I dont actually need or use all these glass cutters - they just accumulate!