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Consultant and Contractor in the Conservation of Joinery and Polychromed Timber
Consultant and Contractor in the Conservation of Joinery and Polychromed Timber

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Church of the Heavenly Rest, 5th Ave, New York: Choir stalls - Another celebrated design by Bertram Goodhue, the original low key choir stalls could not accommodate the current large choir. Read more about this project on my website:

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/portfolio-items/church-of-the-heavenly-rest-5th-ave-new-york-choir-stalls/
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6/1/18
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St John of Lattingtown, Long Island, New York: Cloister front

Gerald Allen collaborated with Hugh Harrison on the design of a cloister to create a covered walkway from the church to the Church Hall.

This stepped cloister celebrates the wonderful diversity of trees that grow locally. Our craftsmen made and carved the cloister which we also fitted on site.

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/portfolio-items/st-john-of-lattingtown-long-island-new-york-cloister-front/
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St Thomas More, Madison Ave, New York: Various furnishings

Besides a pulpit and altar rails which we designed and made for this eminent Catholic church, a fitting memorial to commemorate the dedicatee was sought.

We designed this to reflect Sir Thomas More’s philosophy as revealed in his book Utopia. The sculpture of Sir Thomas (below) is modelled on the famous Holbein portrait.

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/portfolio-items/st-thomas-more-madison-ave-new-york-various-furnishings/
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5/17/18
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Read about this figurehead from HMS Windsor Castle (1858) that we are currently working on, just added to our projects page:

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/hms-windsor-castle-figurehead/
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Design: Groton School, Massachusetts, USA, design for reredos.

This exclusive school had this wonderful chapel designed and built by the English émigré architect Henry Vaughan in the 1890s.

Vaughan sketched the reredos for the chapel, but this was never made due to a disagreement on iconography with the then headmaster.

100 years later the project seemed a natural celebration of the centenary of the construction of the chapel, so a working drawing was commissioned on which a price could be estimated for this huge piece of woodwork.

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/design/
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An example of some of our design work. This is a design for the nave lights at Larchmont Church in New York, under the direction of Gerald Allen, Architect AIA.

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/design/
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Christchurch Priory Misericords

'In pre-11th Century English churches, it was forbidden to sit down: there were no seats in the part of the church or cathedral for the lay congregation; nor were there any for monks or canons. However, this practice eased during the 12th Century. Initially, leaning staffs were permitted for the frail. Later, seats were added to the stalls. In time a further act of mercy was allowed by adding to the underside of the raised choir seat a small ledge, which gave some support. Misericord in this context was taken to mean an ‘indulgence seat’.

Find out more about this fascinating restoration project on my website:

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/christchurch-priory-misericords/
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Some of our design work for a private client in Devon:

Oak Carvers An example of a furniture design for the owner of an ancient timbered house in central Devon.
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Derby Cathedral: Monument to Sub Dean Johnson

This early-16th-century effigy now lying on a 19th-century tomb chest (except the front panel carved with bedesmen) is undergoing minor conservation. The open shelf of the tomb chest is to be made secure so that the separate cadaver can be returned to lie below the effigy as originally intended.

https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/portfolio-items/derby-cathedral-monument-to-sub-dean-johnson/
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Church of the Holy Cross, Cruwys Morchard, Devon: Chancel Screens

Following a disastrous fire in 1697, the church was rebuilt and furnished. Maybe under the influence of the Lord of the Manor’s family, still there now after 700 years, some aspects of the work are of great quality for such a remote church in a poor county. Here the Grinling Gibbons style carved lime capitals and modillions can be seen following our recent major scheme of conservation and cleaning as well as an unusual frieze of yew wood.https://hugh-harrison.co.uk/portfolio-items/church-of-the-holy-cross-cruwys-morchard-devon-chancel-screens/
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