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Bradford Cathedral, Weather Vane and Cross

As part of Bradford Cathedral’s extensive restoration project, we were asked to restore the Cathedral’s iconic weathervane and cross.

Over the years both have suffered from weather damage with widespread corrosion caused by water ingress into the wrought and cast iron structures.

The weathervane had been removed by others prior to our involvement due to safety concerns after its tail fell to the ground

The cross was carefully surveyed and then removed to our workshop where it was take apart, surveyed and an exact replica made.

The Cockerel was used as a pattern and its body and cast base restored and re used. Both were, at the request of the architect, replicated in stainless steel to limit future corrosion, only the cockerel body and cast base being restored and reused.

The weather vane and compass points were finish painted and cockerel gilded in 23.5 carat gold leaf.

The new stainless steel cross was lifted to the roof in sections and clad around the existing support pole, before being finish painted and gilded in 23.5 carat gold in-situ!

The existing cross was in a poor condition, suffering from corrosion to the supporting internal iron framework.

The existing cross was in a poor condition, suffering from corrosion to the supporting internal iron framework.

The cross was carefully removed and used as the basis of a new replica made in stainless steel.

The cross was carefully removed and used as the basis of a new replica made in stainless steel.

The existing wrought iron weather vane was badly corroded. A new cockerel was made using stainless steel and the copper repousse body restored and reused.

The existing wrought iron weather vane was badly corroded. A new cockerel was made using stainless steel and the copper repousse body restored and reused.

The new cross was assembled and gilded on-site in 23.5 carat gold leaf.

The new cross was assembled and gilded on-site in 23.5 carat gold leaf.

The new weathervane was gilded in 23.5 carat gold.

The new weathervane was gilded in 23.5 carat gold.

The finished weathervane and cross looking respendent atop Bradford Cathedral.

The finished weathervane and cross looking respendent atop Bradford Cathedral.

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