St Conan’s Kirk is blessed with amazing windows which allow light to flood into the Kirk through clear leaded glass windows and also with colour through the stained glass windows. However, after 100 years some of them now need to be conserved.
There are three main types of windows in the kirk:
- Stained Glass windows
- Clear vertical glass windows
- Dormer windows in the roof of the Nave and South Aisle.
We are fortunate to have found 2 excellent glaziers who have prepared conservation plans for the windows. The main items we are trying to raise funds to progress are:
The west facing rose window was painted by Helen Douglas Campbell and sits high above the organ screen in the nave. It is a 3 layered design and the outer protective window is no longer water tight affecting it’s wooden frame and there is water ingress through the window into the building below. The conservation process includes removal of the window for for expert inspection, cleaning, and re-leading. Cost £16,000.
The Dormer windows in the pitched roofs of the Nave and South Aisle are on steel frames and need refurbished. There are 15 sets of windows. Costs are a total of £5000.
There are a number of other leaded clear glass windows needing repairs to create a watertight building. Costs are £5000.Once these highest priority works are complete, there are several other conservation jobs to be done on the stained other stained glass windows. For example the stained glass window in the north tower (known as the Penitent at Tomb of Christ) needs conserved as the supports have rusted reducin the reinforcement to keep the window secure and a number of other repairs.