Weathervane Restoration, St John’s Church, Bethnal Green
Gillett & Johnston has been supplying and installing clocks, bells and weathervanes since 1844 and are one of a few specialist companies capable of carrying out restoration of this type of equipment. The Church contacted Gillett & Johnston because the weathervane was in danger of becoming a safety hazard.
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?
Age, pollution and World War II bombs had taken their toll so a major conservation programme was undertaken to ensure the church’s survival, the weathervane being a part of this.
Gillett & Johnston Bethnal Green, Weathervane
WHAT DID WE DO?
Once there, we checked and where necessary replaced the main structural components and collars that were corroded using stainless steel.
We then thoroughly cleaned and prepared all the exposed surfaces with etch primer, followed by undercoat and finished all in high grade gloss enamel.
Once returned to site and installed we gilded the vane pointer and tail together with the cardinal points using 24 carat extra thick English gold leaf.
By replacing damaged parts with stainless steel the weathervane will now be free from corrosion in the years ahead.
The vane is now restored to its former glory and stands as a landmark in Bethnal Green
For more information please call Jenny Coombes at Gillett & Johnston on 01883 740000 or use the contact us form.