Brancepeth Screen, Durham

Brancepeth Screen, Durham

A glazed screen at The Church of St. Brandon, Brancepeth, near Durham. The church dates from Saxon times, but was badly damaged by fire in 1998. Among other work we did there during the restoration, we made a screen glazed with toughened glass to separate the transept from the nave to form a quiet chapel. The effigy of Sir Robert Neville, (died 1319), lies at the foot of the arch, so as you can imagine, the installation was a delicate procedure. The screen was also far too big to fit through the door of the church, so one of the windows had to be removed so that the 800 kg screen could be winched through on edge. Sit Robert, not being a peacable man, died in battle, hence the spear-like motifs at the top of the screen.The finish is sandblasted, burnished and lacquered.