Window Repairs

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:

  1. Stained Glass windows
  2. Clear vertical glass windows
  3. Dormer windows in the roof of the Nave and South Aisle.
In 2017 the Friends funded repairs to the leaded glass windows in the Library and Vestry.

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 was no longer water tight affecting it’s wooden frame and there is water ingress through the window into the building below. The conservation process included removal of the window for for expert inspection, cleaning, new wooden tracery and re-leading. Cost over £20,000. 

Removal of the painted glass for conservation. The protective glass (4 quarters) can be seen in the foreground. The intricate wooden tracery will need replaced- a specialist job.

Although we have made good progress on windows, there are several other conservation jobs to be done on the stained other 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 reducing the reinforcement to keep the window secure.

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.

Penitent at the Tomb of Christ. A stained glass window in St Conan’s Kirk
The new oak Tracery for the Rose Window (Summer 2020)