Edwardian front door with leafy leady glass

Manny’s new edwardian front door

& art nouveau inspired leaded glass

Twenty one months in the making, Manny’s Edwardian replica front door with Art Nouveau inspired leafy leaded glass (and a few bumble bees) finally finds a home.

Yellow replica front door with leafy leaded glass in Stockport - 3SK42PS

Why 21 months?

Manny sent me an enquiry as soon as he got the keys. He and his family had been living in west London and moved up to Stockport to be half way (ish) between his and Sarah’s family in Cumbria. Of course, being a southerner, he insisted from the outset on Banham locks and door furniture (more later).

They didn’t move in for six months and then started having other works done on the house. We can’t have people poking our doors with pipes now can we?

We were to get on with making the door while the bathroom, plastering and decorating was done, as well as tanking out the cellar. The cellar took a little longer than anticipated!

The new edwardian front door

The front door that was fitted a couple of decades ago really didn’t suit this fine Edwardian house so I asked Manny to send me over a couple of photos of doors that he liked the look of. One that he sent was a front door that we fitted in Chester a few years ago but he was very adamant that he wanted it yellow, and the frame.

I drew him up a picture that had the three glazed panels in the top flow through to the bottom panels in the door and it was soon approved. We had it ready for sizing up a few weeks later. Little did we know that it would be waiting for a home for the next year!

We did some structural work on the frame, fitting a couple of rails to the middle of the frame where their were long pieces of glass, just waiting for one of the kids to smash with a toy, and filled the bottoms of the frame with solid panels. Then I measured the five openings for our double glazed leaded units to sit.

Designing Art Nouveau inspired leafy leaded glass

Sarah and Manny’s brief on the design of the glass included the terms Art Nouveau, leafy and outdoorsy. They added the bees and flowers after reading a blog I wrote after I made the glass for a front door restoration in Altrincham – Manchester Bee Leaded Glass.

I did a sketch for the front door glass and this was what I got back from Manny…

This looks great! Agree with the bees and maybe small flowers or anything else you suggest.

In fact, Sarah has told me to let you take full control and do whatever you think looks good both design and colour-wise including font etc for number so good luck!

After telling my daughter Shannon (a graphic designer) and her partner (a graphic design lecturer) that I was currently designing some glass that was to be Art Nouveau inspired they handed me a book. I saw something in that book that give me the idea of creating a border around the door glass and another border around the whole thing. I love the way that it flows and frames everything.

Making eleven leaded lights

I sent Manny a photo of half of the unfinished fanlight, making sure he didn’t think it was too busy. This was the reply…

It’s brilliant! Trust yourself and use the force!


There’s no stopping me now. The eleven leaded lights took about a week to lead, colour, lead again, solder and age. I particularly love the flowing borders, the bees and flowers, the two tone foliage and the number in the fanlight with its Art Nouveau (inspired) surround.

I’ll link my blog on Making Leaded Glass below.

Fitting the edwardian style front door and leaded glass

I’m sure you’re not reading this to see how to fit a front door, Banham locks (althought someone needs to write a blog on that), draught proofing a front door, making a white frame yellow (some paint colours don’t cover well so let’s say five coats later!).

So, let’s got straight to the finished ‘article’.

Edwardian style front door
Amber coloured door & frame
Banham locks and furniture suite
Art Nouveau inspired leafy leaded glass
Yellow replica front door with leafy leaded glass in Stockport - 3SK42PS

take a look at this…

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