“A cautious approach to change: do as much as necessary to care for the place and to make it useable, but otherwise change it as little as possible so that its cultural significance is retained.”

About Us

Set up by Director Steve Clare in 1995 in the cathedral city of Wells, we have a team of dedicated and passionate conservation professionals, passing on a craft tradition.  Steve Clare is a Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters, an ICON accredited conservator, and has acted for some years as consultant to St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, King’s College, Cambridge and Winchester cathedral amongst others. Steve is also National Adviser for stained glass to the National Trust. Our work encompasses all aspects of the conservation process from the production of detailed condition reports and recommendations for conservation works for all scales of project, through site work and installation.  We work on all periods of glass, from medieval to modern.  This includes historic plain glazing and leaded light manufacture, as well as the conservation of 17th and 18th century stained glass, and architectural glass such as fanlights, roof lights, and lanterns.  We hold extensive stocks of handmade glass.  We design, manufacture and install bespoke Environmental Protective Glazing Systems for vulnerable glass, internally or externally ventilated.  We have two qualified stone conservators and masons as part of the team, and other skills in associated metalwork and woodwork.  Work in our care is stored in an environmentally controlled fire proof strong room.  We practice true conservation: our approach can be summarised as ‘As much as necessary, as little as possible’.

Sustainability: Holy Well Glass is committed to promoting sustainability.  Concern for the environment and promoting a broader sustainability agenda are integral to our professional activities. We aim to follow and to promote good sustainability practice, to reduce the environmental impacts of all our activities and to help our clients and partners to do the same.  Our Sustainability Policy is based upon the following principles:

  • To comply with, and exceed where practicable, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice.
  • To integrate sustainability considerations into all our business decisions.
  • To ensure that all staff are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it.
  • To minimize the impact on sustainability of all office and transportation activities.
  • To review, annually report, and to continually strive to improve our sustainability performance.
  • To take practical steps In order to identify aims, successes and failures in our environmental policy.

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