Saint Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh
This project, commissioned in 2013, involves the full restoration and future protection of detailed antique heritage windows, dating back to the late 1800's, in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh.
St Patrick's Cathedral stands on one of the most ancient christian sites in the British Isles and there has been a church on the site for over 1500 years. The first, according to tradition, was a stone church built by St Patrick in 445AD. The present cathedral dates from 1268 and was fully restored in 1834, with further conservation and repairs to the windows, the roof and interior throughout the last century.
In 2013 Glassmarque design was commissioned to fully restore several windows, dating from the late 1800's. This is an on going project and involves carefully removing the windows and bringing them back to our studio for restoration.
Our artists take rubbings of these amazingly intricate windows and then dismantle the glass from the old lead. The glass is cleaned, any damaged or broken pieces are repaired, and the whole window with the original glass is then releaded and refitted into the window opening.
To protect the restored windows for future generations, the project will be finished by installing our protection system, which is fully ventilated to protect the glass and gives an aesthetically pleasing aspect from outside the building.
See our mention in an article by the National Church Trust.