Tracery window repairs, St James' Church, Brindle

Lyons Stonework undertook a programme of repairs and replacement to tracery windows at St James' Church, Brindle


A Grade II designated church in the Diocese of Blackburn, St James’ Church dates back to the 12th Century, with addition of the present tower in Perpendicular style around 1500. The nave, including the windows restored as part of our works was originally built in 1817. 

The south side of the nave has three large arched windows, being the focus of the programme of work having suffered fracturing of the stone from corrosion of Iron pins over the years. Our repair works proceeded concurrently with restoration of the stained glass. 



Brought in by conservation architects Equilibrium, Lyons worked through the process of matching the stone, condition assessments, planning the works, templating and scheduling the stone, cutting and shaping the stone before refixing the stone on site.

A local gritstone was sourced to match existing masonry and taken in 5 tonne blocks to Lyons’ yard at Ramsbottom. The masons set out the templates in the workshop to make final measurements before sending through cutting lists to the saw shop for cutting of the block to sawn six sides pieces. The banker masons then using section and face templates set to work further cutting and shaping the tracery by hand. The finished masonry was sent to site where the fixer masons installed the new masonry. The process was fully completed in house without use of any external contractors.

“I was lucky enough this week to see the sun shining through all three stained glass windows and admire the colours and stonework which was truly splendid,” Davie MacAllan, Chair Brindle Buildings Committee

Details of Work Included:

  • Condition assessment

  • Scheduling and templating for masonry. 

  • Cutting out damaged masonry.

  • Cutting and shaping of new masonry.

  • Fixing of new masonry.

  • Lime pointing of tracery.