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Leigh House, Forde Abbey

In Spring 2015, JM Glass carried out restoration work to 16th Century Grade II Listed Leigh House in Winsham, close to the Forde Abbey Estate which it was once a part of.

The Crittal window frames circa 1930 were is desperate need of restoration. Severe corrosion had made them inoperable and impractical for modern day living. Being Grade II Listed, it was important that the existing windows were fully restored, maintaining the original character of the building and increasing the longevity of the glazing.

The Crittal frames were shot blast to remove the layers of paint and dirt that had built up over the years, before being repaired and having new steel sections welded in where needed. The frames were then polyester powder coated to give a long-lasting and even finish. The leaded glazing panels were carefully dismantled and the original glass was thoroughly cleaned and re-used with new lead came. Once the panels had been reassembled, they were soldered and cemented to make them structurally sound and weatherproof, and then darkened to create a subtle aged look. The restored frames and glazing were traditionally fitted back into the window openings.