For Architects

May we take this opportunity to introduce The Art of Glass Limited and the Stained Glass services we offer.

Led by Robert Paddock, with his apprentice-served, twenty-four years of glass painting experience, The Art of Glass have a studio at Hatton Country World, near Warwick.

As the company has grown, so have the scale and geographical range of projects undertaken and we have found that our combined skills are more fulfilled in Ecclesiastical and public commissions. We wish to expand the company into these areas and would ask you to take a look at our credentials and list of completed commissions, with a view to consideration for future projects.

We can offer a comprehensive survey facility, which involves a systematic breakdown of the condition and longevity of stained glass or leaded lights.

A typical survey would include close inspection of the following:

a) Integrity of lead came - Solder joints, in early stages of deterioration, show cracks on border leads, sometimes caused by stress from moving stonework.

b) Open 'Cut lines' - When lights move, these interlocking leads can dislodge themselves, leaving large horizontal gaps. An indication of this is vertical lines of water ingress which can remove delicate paint work.

c) Water resistance of panels  Evidence of water stains and damage.

d) Cement breakdown - Usually a first indication the window needs help. The cement (grouting) gives lights their water-tightness and rigidity. Should this break down, the lead and glass will eventually become displaced.

e) Glazing bar effectiveness - Rusting bars can damage and discolour stonework. Most important are the copper and lead tie wires, if they become detached from the light, the bar becomes ineffective.

f) Stability of paint work - Can be affected by water ingress or poor firing.

g) Stonework and condition of pointing - Can be very relevant to the condition and longevity of the light.

h) Metal casements - Often rusting but may have historical value.

All of the problems mentioned and more may occur with greater or lesser consequence and as P.C.C.'s are often under great financial constraints, we feel it is our duty to prioritise work undertaken.

In other words, if it's not broken, we won't fix it!

All materials are replaced on a 'like for like' basis. All English mouth-blown glass is replaced with English mouth-blown glass, although any replacement metalwork is stainless steel which can be powder-coated, or acid cut and painted black, unless otherwise directed.

We are also aware of the importance of suitable pointing mixes for differing stone types, eliminating the potential for damage that inappropriate mixes can cause.

Specialist glass cleaning services and supply and fitting of wire window guards (stainless steel) are also available.

New commissions are gladly received, ecclesiastical, public and private and although we usually design to a budget, we pride ourselves on the diversity of design we can offer, from highly traditional to contemporary.

With hopes that we can be of service to you.

Pete Thorington-Jones
Co. Secretary


 References available on request

All Saints, Alrewas Parish Church - Restoration, window guards

All Saints, Small Heath, Birmingham - Major restoration - 50% English Heritage funded

Astley Church, Nuneaton - Restoration

Birmingham Children's Hospital - New stained glass window and plaque

Blue Coat School, Coventry - New stained glass window

Bond's Hospital, Coventry - New leaded light with colour changing backlights

Coughton Court, (St. Peter, Paul & Elizabeth) - New stained glass windows

Four Oaks Methodist, Sutton Coldfield - New stained glass window

Great Barr Methodist, Birmingham - Restoration

Greek Orthodox Church, Birmingham - Restoration

Grendon Lodge, Atherstone - Restoration

Guild Hall, Lichfield - Restoration

Hagley R.C. School, Worcestershire - New stained glass window

Highter's Heath Junior & Infants, Birmingham - New stained glass window

Holy Trinity Church, Bilston, W. Mids. - Restoration

Holy Trinity Church, Hatton, Warwickshire - Restoration

Holy Trinity Church, Norton Lindsey, Warwickshire - Restoration

Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock, Shropshire - Restoration and window cleaning

Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield - Restoration

Kings Edward School, Handsworth, Birmingham - Restoration and wire guards

Lickey End Methodist Church, Lickey End - Restoration

Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick - Restoration

Northampton General Hospital - New stained glass window

Old Jane Mills Institute, Darlaston - Restoration

Polesworth Abbey, Tamworth, Staffordshire - Restoration

Rugby Evangelical Church - Restoration & wire guards

Shirley Methodist Church, Solihull - New stained glass windows

St. Andrews, Chelmsley Wood, Solihull - New stained glass window and timber sub-frame

St. Andrews, Clifton Campville, Staffordshire - Restoration

St. Ann's, Chelmsley Wood, Solihull - New stained glass window

St. Anne's, Park Hill, Moseley, Birmingham - Restoration

St. Bede's, Brandwood - New stained glass window

St. Benedicts, Yardley, Birmingham - Restoration and wire guards

St. Editha's, Tamworth, Staffordshire - Restoration

St. Emmanuelle Church, Birmingham - New stained glass window

St. Francis, Bournville, Birmingham - New stained glass window

St. Giles, Whittington, Staffordshire - New stained glass window

St. James, Waterfall, Staffordshire - Restoration

St. James the Great, Norton juxta Kempsey, Worcester - Restoration

St. John's, Alston, Staffs. - Restoration, wire guards

St. John's, Henley in Arden - New stained glass window

St. John's, Ladywood, Birmingham - Restoration

St. John's, Walsall Wood, W. Mids. - Restoration

St. Laurence Church, Alvechurch, Worcs. - Restoration

St. Laurence Church, Ludlow, Shropshire - Restoration

St. Leonard's, Blithfield, Staffordshire - New stained glass window

St. Leonard's, Wychnor - Restoration

St. Luke and St. John, Birmingham - Restoration

St. Martins, Grimms Hill - Restoration

St. Mary's, Astley - Restoration

St. Mary's, Lichfield - Restoration

St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Stafford - New stained glass window

St. Mary's, Pype Hayes, Birmingham - Restoration

St. Mary's, Tamworth in Arden, Staffs. - New stained glass window

St. Mary's, Wolverton, Warwickshire - Restoration

St. Mary the Virgin, Aldridge - Restoration

St. Michael's and all Angels, Caldmore, Walsall - Restoration

St. Nicholas, Kenilworth, Warwickshire - Restoration, wire guards

St. Patrick's School, Solihull, - New stained glass window

St. Paul's, Bordesley Green, Birmingham - Restoration, New stained glass window

St. Paul's, Hilltop, West Bromwich - Two new stained glass windows

St. Peter's, Coleshill, West Midlands - Restoration

St. Peter's, Littleover, Derby - Restoration

St. Swithin's, Barston, Solihull - Restoration, New stained glass window, wire guards

St. Thomas, Hockley Heath, Solihull - Restoration

The Priors School, Bedworth - New stained glass windows

The Revel C Of E Primary School, Rugby - Two new stained glass windows

Tysoe Parish Church, Warwickshire - New stained glass windows

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire - New leaded light panels

Uttoxeter Cemetery Chapels, Uttoxeter - Restoration

Warwick University - Restoration

Wurburgh's Church, Hanbury, Staffordshire. - Restoration