We were recently approached by the Treasurer of the Church of Our Lady and St Alphege on Oldfield Lane, Bath to modify, restore and copy some candle holders. St Alphege’s is a beautiful, traditional Catholic church designed by world famous architect Giles Gilbert Scott. The church’s custodians were making the switch from pillar candles to tea lights and wanted one replica, additional round candle holder.
Whilst we don’t know the age or maker of the original candle holders, they were traditionally constructed and nicely made. Cecily used traditional blacksmithing techniques including twisting, riveting and hot forged scrollwork to ensure that the copy was a true copy of the original.
We were able to salvage enough of the original brass dishes for the candelabra stand and where necessary, we sourced replacements for the two round stands. We also added new base plates to help stabilise all of the stands and added candle storage to the round ones. We are particularly fond of the little gilded flower details at the foot of each stand.
The Church of Our Lady and St Alphege in Oldfield Park, Bath is open to the general public and is well worth a visit. Architect George Gilbert Scott is famous for designing several very iconic works: Battersea Power Station, Bankside Power Station, Waterloo Bridge, and the iconic British K2 Red Telephone kiosk!