Hampton Court Palace, Leadwork

Hampton Court is a Royal Palace in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, although it has not been inhabited by the royal family since the 18th century.

Major building work began in 1515 to create a sumptuous palace for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. But by 1529, Wolsey had fallen out of favour and the King seized the palace for himself. In the next century, King William III embarked upon a vast rebuilding and expansion programme of the Palace with Sir Christopher Wren.

Today, the Palace incorporates two distinctive architectural styles – domestic Tudor and Baroque – and is a major tourist attraction.


DBR Leadwork was in charge of the Hampton Court Palace – Leadwork complete renewal of the roof dome at Hampton Court’s Ann Boleyn Gate. Exact replicas of existing details were reproduced with sand cast lead sheets, and new sections were made in the onsite workshop.

Full re leading in code 8 sand cast lead of cupola, bell lantern and turret roofs also drainage outlets and hoods to four roundels. Chimney stack rebuilt and full metal window overhaul with re glazing. New timber windows in a turret fitted. Redecoration using lead based paints and re gilding of clock and ball finial. Structural reinforcement of cracks in walls and re rendering of a turret interior.

All existing unusable lead material was recast to produce the new sheeting material.


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