Rose and Crown
London SW18

Having successfully cleaned and restored numerous local historic landmarks for Wandsworth Borough Council over the years, the Conservation Officer recommended Triton to the client, J D Wetherspoon.

Originally in extremely poor condition, with well over 500 spalls to the face of the faience, the cost of replacing the faience with new tiles was considered to be prohibitive on this occasion.

Faience tiles are not usually restored, since the finished texture, colour and lead glaze is extremely difficult to reproduce. However, working in conjunction with English Heritage, Keim and Shaws of Darwen to devise a method of repair, all tiles were restored in situ, once the building was cleaned with a mild degreaser.

Spalls were cut out with a diamond blade to a clean line, repairs roughed out with lime mortar and finished with fine finishing mortar. Using blends of over 12 colour shades of Keim mineral paint to match the original wide diversity of colours, a ceramics specialist was employed to mottle the tiles. The repairs were finished with a specially formulated glaze developed exclusively for this project.

To one elevation, a large section of faience tiles was reproduced in situ with fine restoration mortar, joints scribed and re-pointed to match the adjoining faience. Over time the signage to this public house has changed several times. The original “Rose and Crown” lettering was reinstated freehand to a traditional design before painting with Ardenbrite gold paint. To complete, new leaded light windows to match the existing were installed, all external painted surfaces re-decorated and new exterior lighting fitted.

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