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We are in the process of conserving and repairing these remarkable early steel windows form George Wragge Ltd, of the Wardry Art Metal Works in Salford, Manchester. George Wragge Ltd, operated between approx. 1880s to 1960. They were specialistists in all types of artistic metal works, from statues to plaques, and windows to gates. This handle, no. 86,  can be seen in their 1948  catalogue, which is on line at  MemorialsAndStainedGlassByGeorgeWraggeLtd.WardryWorksSalford Their fastening stay can also be seen at no. 94. Their steel casements were also finished with drop forged brass hinges and ironmongery. The casements are capped with bronze run… continue reading

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Everyday of the week, our lads are  repairing timber windows. There is a real craft to the work. Timber is a remarkable material. It can be shaped and repaired, so that compromised pieces can be removed and a piece of joinery, that seems lost, can be restored to its original.   It’s a bit like dentistry.  

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We are getting near completion of the Weaver’s Court Project in Belfast with HJ Martin. We consulted with Doherty Architects in 2012, about resting the original early steel warehouse pivot screens, and installing Crittall screens to replace the uPVC windows upstairs.  

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We are in the process of conserving 1928 Henry Hope and Sons steel casement windows from Malone Hill Park, Belfast. The 1904 Hope catalogue shows the No. 221 Screw and Swivel Stay, that is used in these windows.   The drop forged two part brass handle is fitted to the classic Hope and Sons backplate, which was synonymous with their early work.    

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We are on-site with HJ Martin and Doherty Architects, at Weaver’s Court, off the Linfield Road in Belfast. Lambstongue have been engaged to restore and re-glaze the original mid 19th Century steel windows on the ground floor, and to supply new Crittall windows on the first floor.   The frames were removed to our workshop, for cleaning and repairs.                     The new Crittall replacements are on-site, ready to be installed.    

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We are finishing a couple of Jib Doors in a period house in Dublin.   Jib Doors are defined as a door or window door which has been designed to be unobtrusive, or to fit in with the surrounding wall. In general they do not have ironmongery, so that they are difficult to read in the wall and “drop back”.   I found a beautiful example from the Blue Room of the White House. The sash window acts in the same manner, save that the cill is the top of the doors which open.

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We are snagging the conservation and repair works to Swanbrook, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. We worked, with Nikki Mathews of DCC Conservation Dept, to ensure that the historic glass in the building was protected.

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We have been on-site, since June of this year, when the weather was beautiful, working on this fine 19th Century house, with Robin Mandal Architects.   We replaced the lead roof to the bay window to the front of the house.   The hallway lantern, which spent a good few weeks protected in the workshop, is now back in its place, safe and sound. It is a beautiful piece. The external frame is pitch pine with a very fine cast iron glazing bar frame supporting the coloured acid etched glass.   We replicated the glazing bars to the new joinery… continue reading

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We are currently in Braytown, working on a whole bunch of sashes.      

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Lambstongue have been invited to address the windows at the Castle.     The earlier Anglo-Norman castle which was replaced by the present building was built on lands which were confiscated from the Eustace family of Baltinglass because of their involvement in the Second Desmond Rebellion. It defended the Pale from the Irish clans in the nearby Wicklow Mountains. It is believed the present castle was built around 1583 for Yorkshireman, Adam Loftus, then Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Protestant Archbishop of Dublin. Originally a semi-fortified and battlemented structure, extensive alterations in the 18th century give it the appearance of… continue reading

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  We have just commenced work with Robin Mandal Architects on the steel windows at this residence in Nutley Road. The windows are to be restored and upgraded using slim profile double glazing.  

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We were down this afternoon with Neil Willis of Kiln Dried Hardwoods, to source some native Irish oak for a project in Wicklow. Neil and David Brabazon have mobile equipment which can convert trees into dimensioned boards. We saw oak, sycamore, douglas fir, chesnut, beech, which all have a real beauty in their raw state.  

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We are currently on Abbey Street Lower, carrying out repairs to Edwardian casements, on three floors above a shop. We are using like for like materials to carry out accurate replacement. We carefully de-glaze the casements in the workshop, to save the historic glass.  

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  Lambstongue have been appointed to by the Office of Public Works to cary out repair and conservation work to the Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park, Co. Mayo. Turlough Park House is a moderately sized ‘big house’. It was built in 1865 for the Fitzgerald family to replace a much older building near the entrance to the park. The house boasts 3 floors of living space in the main living quarters. The Drawing Room and Library on the ground floor are open to the public and furnished as they may have looked in 1900.  Upper levels are used for Museum… continue reading

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Lambstongue have been engaged to restore steel windows at Geragh. We were proposed by the DunLaoghaire-Rathdown Conservation Department, who were advising the current owners, and referred to Lambstongue in our Section 5 Application as “the acknowledged experts” in steel window restoration in Ireland. Our work comprises the removal of the steel windows,  stripping of all paint finishes and corrosion, repairs to corroded sections, ironmongery restoration, re-glazing and fitting. The following passage is lifted straight from Archiseek Designed by Michael Scott as a home for himself, he had bought the site by the martello tower at Sandycove some years before, and… continue reading

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We have always been drawn to historic ironmongery, and understand its beauty and craft. The above ironmongery came from an Edwardian property in Dublin, where we are conserving and upgrading the original vertical hanging timber sashes. We carefully gathered all the remaining original pieces and restored them in our Ringsend workshop. The restored ironmongery. Edwardian Sprung Brass Brighton Fastener. Restored Sash Lift Screw Hole. Ironmongery from St Helen’s Villas, Booterstown, being restored in our workshop.

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We were asked to conserve and restore the facia, sofit and ornamental eaves brackets to this house in Portobello, Dublin. The facia and sofit were replaced using sapelle, a bastardised mahogany timber.   The eaves bracket in place.

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Slimlite have achieved BS EN 1279 Compliance. Below are the certification documents for Parts 2 and 3.

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http://www.lambstongue.ie/documents/Sandefjorde-by-Alexander-Downes.pdf Attached is a pdf of my Thesis on Sandjefjorde – a late 19th Century building with maritime salvage. It’s 20mbs – so it might take a while to download.

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I took a look into Loretto Abbey, Rathfarnham on Sunday last. My mother was a boarder at the school in the 1940s. The original building is Georgian and dates from the 1730s. The windows in the two granite wings of the building are of very fine steel . They have been replaced in part by Upvc windows. The sections of the uPVC windows are all wrong, and they are already beginning to deteriorate in the small number of years that they are installed. The original steel windows can be upgraded with Slimlite glazing, and will outlast the uPVC by decades…. continue reading

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We are in the process of restoring the steel windows of this 1947 house in Kilmainham. The house itself has survived almost intact since it was built. It had one owner, who has recently passed away, and the house was very well maintained. There is no central heating in the house, and indeed, there seems to be very little alteration since 1947. This is a truly perfect relic, of a lost period. The windows are a  w20 type section. They are of mild steel, with brass ironmongery and working parts. We removed the paint with a low pressure blast and… continue reading

We were on our way back from Cork last week, and noticed that the ground floor windows of the front elevation of the B of I in Inchicore are steel. This is interesting because the first floor windows are timber sashes. The steel windows are set into a timber frame. They are surrounded by simple Portland limestone carved reveals, with a  garland cornice.  Perhaps they were seen as  being more secure, given the use of the building? Whatever, they are really interesting, and graceful.

We were in Cork this week, and took the time to see the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. Designed by O’Donnell + Twomey Architects, the gallery was opened in October 2004. It is a remarkable building. We were particularly interested in the galvanized steel windows.

Lambstongue are passionate about steel windows. We came across this set on Upper Stephen Street, off Aungiur Street. The building is now Dunnes Stores, HQ. The windows have been fitted with 14 mm argon filled units, which would offer very little upgrade in terms of thermal efficiency, as argon filled units require a large cavity to perform. Add to this the fact that the units have an aluminum spacer, which conducts heat to the metal frame and causes a cold bridge. Whilst, we applaud the goal of conserving these frames, the finished product is far from satisfactory. The fore-putty seems… continue reading

University Church in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin dates from 1854/5. It was designed by John Hungerford Pollen. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1845, with a parish in Leeds from 1847, writing of his experiences. He became a Catholic convert and left the Church of England in 1852. He worked on numerous decorative projects in the 1850s, starting with the hall ceiling at Merton College, Oxford, where he was a Fellow from 1842; his conversion entailed his giving up that fellowship. Other works, mainly in collaboration, were on… continue reading

We are, at present, working on the regeneration project at the Castle, with Fingal County Council and Francis Haughey Construction. The project involves works to stables and coach buildings to the rear of the castle.

I have always been really taken by the craft and design that was put into Georgian and Victorian vents. Compared with the plastic vents that are on the market at the moment, thay are a thing of beauty. It is sad to see them in a state of decay, like these in Baggot Street Hospital, but I would be here all day if I got on to the subject of building stock maintenance in Ireland! The importance of passive ventilation is something that we come across on a daily basis in our work on historic windows. Healthy rooms and buildings… continue reading

Michael Kelly Joinery in Westmeath is a joiner that we have worked closely with over the last year. One of Michael’s clients, in Rathgar, Dublin 6, was looking to reduce the visibility into their house from the street. They looked at the idea of having mirrored glass in the Slimlite units, but this was felt to be too stark. We sourced  a sample of grey tinted glass from Slimlite in Edinburgh, showed it to the client, and then proceeded to make the units with the outer glass in grey tint. Whilst the glass is not totally opaque, it reduces the… continue reading

We had the great pleasure of spending some time in this house. For further information on this wonderful house: Roundwood History Roundwood Website

Came across this catalogue for the sale of the contents at Malahide Castle in 1976.

Tony and I want to congratulate Alexander on his graduation. Alexander graduated, just before Christmas, from TCD Engineering Department, with a Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation. Regal Eagle!! He did his thesis on Sandefjorde: A Building of the Sea: Maritime Salvage in Late 19th Century Buildings. Introduction to Thesis.

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We were in Swords meeting with the Helena Bergin and Fionnuala May of Fingal County Council, and Carl Rafferty of DCC, and we decided to drop into Malahide Castle. Malahide Castle The estate began in 1185, when Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied Henry II to Ireland in 1174, was granted the “lands and harbour of Malahide”. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century and it was home to the Talbot family for 791 years, from 1185 until 1976, the only exception being the period from 1649-1660, when Oliver Cromwell granted it to Miles Corbet… continue reading