In some cases a church may be granted permission to replace the glass in an existing window with new glass. This is often desirable where the glass is of a heavy texture, an odd colour or a combination of both. A good example of this is the east chancel window at St. James church.
The original glass was a heavy cathedral pattern glass and was a very cold looking pale blue colour. It gave the chancel a very dull and cold atmosphere. The window was re-glazed using a combination of three different types of clear glass, 3mm float, kiln-distorted 3mm and Polish restoration glass.
This combination of glass nicely replicates the old hand made and spun crown glasses that would have been used at the time and prevents the window looking flat. It opened up the chancel to natural daylight and revealed the beautiful looking trees in the background. Another advantage of re-glazing a window is that it can be done without the need to board the window up. This is achieved by taking sizes and templates with the glass still in position. The new glazing is then made and it is a simple case of removing the old and installing the new.
This type of project is very satisfying as we can stand back and see that our hard work has paid off with a great improvement for the church and hopefully the parishoners.