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The oak frame had been rebuilt and it was time to re-fit
the windows. They had been in secure storage for quite a
few months after the restoration and a final polish and
check was required before the re-fit. It was agreed with
the architect and English Heritage that although putty
was used in some of the window panels, that wooden
beading should be used. This was historically more correct
and in keeping with the original build from 1625.
Finally, a few kind words from the client…….
“We contacted Ben and his company, Stained Glass
Restoration, in February 2019 with a view to arranging
the repair and restoration of our stained glass restaurant
front which has stood since 1625 at Thai Square, The
Wig & Pen 229-230 Strand, London. The Wig & Pen is
the only building to have survived the Great Fire of London of 1666 on the Strand. Originally built to house the
gatekeeper of the Temple Bar. It was sadly damaged by a
bus hitting the building.
Ben and his team carefully removed the glass and
beautifully restored the windows to their former glory and
with the scrutiny and approval of English Heritage and
Westminster Council they were re-installed this Spring.
We are very pleased with the workmanship, professionalism and diligence that Ben has shown on his part of the
project and will be happy to see the windows once again
illuminated when the restaurant is re-opened.”
Mr Halim Ur Rashid - EMA Squared
Group Accountants to Thai Square
Above, restoration work
Below, restored window
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