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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!
- Employer: Historic Property Restoration Limited
- Conservation Architects: Knox McConnell Architects
- Main Contractor: Historic Property Restoration Limited