About me

In 2010 something amazing came into my life.

April 2010

The above photo shows the first set of leaded light window sashes I ever acquired. One day I was at the local dump when I saw some fool throwing them away. I rescued as many as I could out of sentimentality, not thinking of monetary value. It snowballed from there. As a hobby for the next five years I bought and sold sets locally. In 2010 something else came into my life. Ten years on…

April 2020

June promotion 019It saddens me to see British pre-war housing mutilated with plastic toy windows and doors.   (For more information about why I think plastic windows are inferior please see my FAQs.) People my age usually associate stained glass with churches/cathedrals.  Many British people have no understanding that between the late Victorian period and the 1960s it was common for our housing to be fitted throughout with lead patterned windows with either stained glass or just interesting textures of glass. It is not understood because most of it has gone. This was a defining feature of suburban architectural landscape. I think this particular period of stained glass artisan craft should not be forgotten.

I gave up trying to convince people of wooden windows so devote my life’s work to saving and distributing to people around the world who care. I am like a foster parent rescuing neglected beauty. I give the tired wooden frames a roof until I can find them a new home. Even if windows are falling apart because the frames are rotten I take these apart because I know someone will want the glass for spares or creative projects because it was discontinued from production decades ago.

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I am based in Harrow but enjoy travelling the country to source and deliver stock. It is also flexible for childcare.

This business might sound romantic but I am up until late in the night administering my business or packaging, drive hundreds of miles and have the challenge of storing architectural salvage in one of the most expensive cities in the world for real estate.

Prior to discarding holiday pay, sick leave and a final salary pension scheme I worked for ten years in universities as a quality assurance manager and I have been through the magic doors of Stars in their Eyes!

My house is a normal 1920s semi but I have taken pride in restoring my home to its original appearance. I commissioned, like-for-like, new wooden window frames and painted the house myself.

My windows will ‘see me out’ unlike PVC (putrid vicious crap) which soon fades and needs replacing after 20-30 years.

I don’t like anything going to waste:

Levers and handles are not listed on this website. Instead please go to my Ebay account.

5 thoughts on “About me

  1. Good for you! So pleased to see someone else who is sad to see all those wonderful windows and doors ripped out.

  2. Horrible to take out such craftsmanship

  3. I wish I’d known about you before I had one of my exterior doors replaced! I’m in the USA (The land of the trumped….damn idiot), and your shipping is so reasonable. Your work is exquisite! You have such artistic talent, besides being a wonderful craftsman!

  4. Hi Richard,

    Just wanted to drop a note to say keep up the good work! I used to live in Pinner and it used to constantly break my heart seeing stained glass windows and curved Art Deco Crittall windows end up in the skip as people are too ignorant to care about aesthetics and restoration. Now we have the current trend in Harrow of ridiculous extensions and grey plastic windows. VILE! I escaped to Staffordshire and am restoring an Edwardian house. After removing 4 ghastly upvc windows I have a beautiful mix of stained glass casements and sash windows.

    Very impressed with what you do đŸ˜€

  5. I am obsessed with your page and your work. Replacing the windows in our hundred year old home with items like you have here is a dream of mine. Thank you!

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