St. John's Church, Dewsbury
Furniss & Sons recently undertook reordering works to St. John's Church Dewsbury Moor. The Church which was suffering from many years of damage due to the leaking roof was generously awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The ornate rib vaulted ceiling needed complete restoration resulting in much of the ceiling vaults & panels needing to be replaced. This was achieved by traditional chestnut laths being overlaid with hair reinforced lime plaster. A large proportion of the badly damaged plasterwork rib moulds had to be re run in situe using tools which were specialy hand crafted for the job. Many of the ceiling bosses also needed replacing, faithful replicas were hand cast then fixed neatly into place. Following the completion of the plasterwork repairs the entire ceiling was re painted & re gilded. The Chancel ceiling had its original but long lost starry vaults re created to great effect. Other works to the Church included structural stabilisation to the pinnacles, stonework replacement, new ventilated zinc parapet roof flashings, timber replacement to the complex ceiling structure & a series of access ladders and platforms to open up the bell tower & roof.
Since 2004 Furniss & Sons have been carrying out restoration & conservation works to this magnificent 18th c. Grade I Country House. Projects undertaken include sheet lead roofing, stonework replacement, structural timber replacement, traditional lime plasterwork, re- roofing, Joinery manufactue & high class decoration.
St Paul's Church, York
Much of the stonework forming the bellcote, pinnacles, mouldings, and the gable of this mid Victorian Church was suffering the ravages of time. Furniss & Sons undertook the task of providing, carving and fixing the replacement stonework needed to complete the project. The Victorian Gothic bellcote & the two very large pinacles were carefuly taken down and rebuilt with the additional new stonework & cramps being incorperated. The West Window had a large proportion of the hood mouldings & voussoirs replaced together with repairs to the window tracery as well as new label stops which were carved & fitted. The West gable then had much of it's erroded stonework carefully cut out and replaced, followed by repointing in lime mortar.
All Saints Pavement, York
Furniss & Sons successfully undertook to re fix the large stone clock face (seen in the photograph) to the the belltower of Grade I All Saints Church in York. The 2 meter diameter stone clock face which weighed in at around 1500 kg was in danger of falling away from the tower due to corrosion of the iron fixings. Furniss & Sons also commissioned a new metal replacement clockface to the opposite side of the tower, this one being too badly damaged to save. On completion of the external works the clock's inner workings were overhauled. Both clocks are now back in full working order.
St Micheal The Archangel, Kirkby Malham
St. Micheals Church, Kirkby Malham, described as the "Minster of the Dales" is a magnificent Grade I Church which lies in the heart of Yorkshire Dales. It is a testament to the skill of the Medieval Church Builders.
Furniss & Sons undertook to remove earlier problamatic slate & timber roofs over the Nave, and the North Aisle. The two roofs were then rebuilt. Work included a complicated arrangement of voids incorporating lambs wool roof insulation as well as creating provission for ventilatin. The two large roofs were then overlaid with a new stainless steel covering & finally the Church was fitted out with new cast iron rainwater goods.
Sheet Leadwork, Re Roofing Project
Furniss & Sons can undertake all aspects of sheet lead roofing to Historic Buildings, in this example a new code 8 sandcast lead roof was installed to one of York's Medieval Churches, some structural timber roof repairs were carried out to the supporting rafters before replacement of the deck boards and then the new replacement lead panels, on this roof the expansion joints are wood core, we are also able to install hollow roll joints if requiired.