First glance of newly restored chandelier at Sidholme Hotel

PUBLISHED: 15:57 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:20 27 February 2018

Rebuilding the chandelier at Sidholme music room. Ref shs 09 18TI 8392. Picture: Terry Ife

Rebuilding the chandelier at Sidholme music room. Ref shs 09 18TI 8392. Picture: Terry Ife

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Visitors were able to feast their eyes on Sidholme Hotel's newly restored large chandelier after it was returned to pride of place in the music room.

It has taken eight months of delicate work by Wilkinson Glass Restorers, the royal warrant holder, as part of a £30,000 project.

The Friends of Sidholme Music Room hope to restore all seven of the room’s collection, which date back to the 1800s.

Visitors were able to watch glass restorers David Wilkinson and his wife Mandy at work today (Monday) as they spent nine hours putting the chandelier together piece by piece.

David said: “There were a lot of very broken pieces and a lot of missing pieces. You can definitely see what difference a restoration makes. Everything is clean and tidy and the silver pieces are now silver again.

The restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Restorers Mandy and David Wilkinson by the completed chandelier. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -2. Picture: Alex WaltonThe restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Restorers Mandy and David Wilkinson by the completed chandelier. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -2. Picture: Alex Walton

“It is nice, so many people won’t spend the money having things restored, it is great when a great old piece of English chandelier is restored.”

The restorers replaced all of the candelabra arms, made up to 50 new pieces to replace broken or missing elements and also sourced 100 old pieces from its extensive stockroom.

He also evaluated the next two chandeliers the friends would like to have restored.

Mr Wilkinson said: “They are in pretty poor condition, having experience of this one. When I did my evaluation I wanted to replace 30 per cent of the arms but in the end I have replaced every one as there were none that were suitable for reuse.”

The restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -1. Picture: Alex WaltonThe restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -1. Picture: Alex Walton

As part of the fundraising, the friends offered donors the chance to sponsor a piece of the chandelier in memory of a loved one.

Members hope the shiny new piece will generate funds for the remaining chandeliers.

John McGregor, from the friends group, said: My hope is that people will be so overwhelmed by this, they will support the rest.

“It is one of the biggest chandeliers in Devon, its going to look absolutely stunning. It will have LED lights and can be put on dimmer, it is blending the historic with the latest technology.”

The restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -3. Picture: Alex WaltonThe restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -3. Picture: Alex Walton

To mark the return of the chandelier a concert will be held in the music room tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 8pm.

The restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -4. Picture: Alex WaltonThe restoration of the Sidholme's largest chandelier is complete. Ref shs Sidholme Chandelier -4. Picture: Alex Walton

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