Bay window restoration

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This house had remained pretty much untouched since it was built, and even had its original outside loo! However, it was in a derelict state when we were called in. The features were very badly eroded, cracked or like in the sill’s case, had just disappeared completely!Vale Road01

We took everything off, salvaging what we could, and started to rebuild starting with new sills.Vale Road02

We then built up and added new bases, pillars and new caps which I’d carved. A new header was added which is being pointed in with a lime mortarVale Road03


These are 2 of the new caps I carved, to match the existing.

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The finishing touches were put onto the header stone with the v-cut pattern carved in-situ to match its twin.Vale Road05

It was a very hot couple of weeks.

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And this was the before and after, ready for the glaziers and the decorators.

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Geraint Davies was commissioned to design and carve a roundel to fill a vacant place above the main entrance porch to Saint James’s Church, Spanish Place. As a listed building of some merit and  one of particular interest in the Catholic history of London this was a sensitive task which Geraint executed with great patience and skill. I was impressed by the amount of time and care taken in preparing both the plans and the material for what has turned out to be a splendid addition to the visual impact of the church. Now that it is lit at night the roundel of the glorified Christ attracts much interest and is becoming a noteworthy (and sympathetic) part of the Marylebone architectural scene.
Father Christopher ColvenMarylebone, London