Craftsmanship within the church

15th August 2020
Leatherhead Parish Church

What a joy to see the skilled craftsmanship within the church building finally coming to fruition.

With lock-down lifted we were pleased to welcome our contractors back onto site. The first phase of our Making History building project will be complete at the end of August.

Hand crafted with precision

Bespoke cabinet makers, Dawsons Reproductions, made the new sound desk. Crafted from light European oak, the craftsmanship matches the wood finish on the accessible ramp and the kitchen servery hatch within the church.

The only modification required at the time of installation was the hole in an access panel. The hole turned out to be big enough for a church mouse, but just a little too small for our electrical cables!

Craftsman by sound desk cabinet

Creative and safety compliant

The new glass doors installed in the North porch have created a much more welcoming entrance for visitors. However, the transparent glass poses a potential hazard. Therefore, we were required to add glass ‘manifestations’ (vinyl decoration) at appropriate heights to meet current building regulations and keep visitors safe.

DMA Signs of Leatherhead were able to reproduce the church logo, which alludes to the beautiful rose window in the church.

The creative use of the church logo has also been extended to the dividing glass partition between the main body of the church and the Chapel of Remembrance. As well as looking attractive it provides a degree of privacy for those seeking a space for quiet reflection.

Craftsman fixing glass manifestations

can you tell the difference?

The skilled craftsmanship within the church means you are hard pressed to distinguish between the vintage Victorian black and red clay tiles in the Choir and the newly laid ones in the transepts. Thanks to the talent of our stonemason, only the difference in the grouting might give it away.

Once the Parker organ was re-sited, the old discoloured and flaking varnish was gently scrapped off the Victorian tiles. Then, they were thoroughly cleaned and sealed. The new tiles are almost perfect replicas and have been expertly lined up to match the geometric pattern of the original tiles.

Tiling skilled Craftsmanship within church

expert restoration of marble steps

As part of the Victorian renovation by architect, Arthur Blomfield, two marble steps were given in 1892. However, one of these had been damaged and was in need of repair.

Once a steel framework around the old Victorian heating system was removed, the whole step had to be replaced. The green veined marble was then expertly polished to match the other step profiles.

We are grateful for a grant of £500 from Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, which has helped toward the cost of this expert piece of restoration. 

Craftsman polishing marble step

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