Leaded Light Window Restoration in Bonchurch, Isle of Wight – Winterbourne House in Bonchurch is an impressive 4 storey house believed to have been built in around 1800, in a glorious south facing setting overlooking the English Channel. The property had been run as a guest house but is now a private house. The house has many historic connections, including Charles Dickens residing at the house in 1849, during which time he wrote several chapters of his novel ‘David Copperfield’. Whilst at Winterbourne he entertained many of his literary friends, including Tennyson, Thackeray, Carlyle and Mark Lemmon. A letter dated 16 June 1849 from Charles Dickens to his wife Kate reads; “I think it is the prettiest place I ever saw in my life, at home or abroad.”
The house is currently undergoing a major restoration as a private house and Conroy Stained Glass worked on the two leaded light bay windows at the front of the main entrance to remove unsightly rotating glass vents. New square glass was installed to the original leaded light windows in situ and enabled the windows to be restored to their original state in keeping with the house’s history.