Restoring the stained glass at Baddesley
- 22 March 2023
Everywhere you look in the house at Baddesley you will see stained glass in the windows. They are old and fragile and now, sadly, many of them are in need of attention.
Most of the stained glass at Baddesley was installed by Henry Ferrers the Antiquary in the 1600s to celebrate his ancestry going back to the Norman Conquest, when the Ferrers arrived in England as farriers to William the Conqueror. They also mark many subsequent marriages.
Over the past few months, experts have removed three windows, from the Great Hall, Blue Bedroom and Powder Room, which were most in need of conservation work. They have been taken offsite for the glass panels to be cleaned, any cracked and broken glass and metalwork will be stabilised. Then they will be returned to their frames and the surrounding window will be re-pointed.
There might be some disruption to your visit in the rooms where the work is taking place. We apologise for this and ask for your understanding as we carry out this essential restoration.
The windows most in need of specialist care will be conserved throughout the year and it will cost around £100k to restore and protect this vital piece of Baddesley’s history.
We are delighted that a very generous donation from the National Trust Solihull Centre has enabled us to begin this project.
Thank you for your support through memberships, visits and donations – we want future generations to enjoy this beautiful place as much as we do today.