WOOLWICH TO LARKHILL
Re-siting of historically important windows.
The closure of the London Woolwich Barracks due to redevelopment required the re-siting of two large stained glass windows from the regimental chapel.
One window by the notable Arts and Crafts artist Christopher Whall depicted the attractive buildings of the Woolwich Barracks in a scene spanning the bottom of its six panels, and so had particular historical significance for the regiment in addition to being considered a national treasure.
However finding a new home for the windows proved difficult in view of the large size and particular shape of the panels (4m x 6m). We were able to propose a solution involving the construction of two large light-boxes that would enable the windows to be re-sited at the regimental HQ in Wiltshire at Larkhill in the church of St Alban, and where there were no natural window openings able to accept the panels.
The light-boxes re-created exactly the same tracery and window openings as the masonry of their original home.
After careful cleaning and conservation of the windows they were fixed in place, and they now illuminate the entire west end of the church.
These two light-boxes are probably the largest of their kind to be made to house stained glass windows and required considerable skills in the design stages and project management to achieve such a satisfactory result.