Case study – Victorian style Ellwood front entrance door

Project: to help restore a Victorian house in Gloucester very close to the famous Kingsholm Gloucester rugby stadium. Ellwood’s part of project was to create a new Victorian style entrance door set.

Image Below Left: the draughty, ill fitting door, probably from the 1970s. Image Below Right: our customer decided on the required Victorian glass pattern by researching many web sites/images and, from the basic ideas generated, Ellwood then created the paper pattern for the glazing panels, annotating each and every shape with its RegaLead colour swatch reference.

Five colours including the very pale grey at borders were identified. RegaLead web site –

Antique patinated lead was used to form the intricate outlines. This ensures the door, when completed, would look authentic and with best materials and practice available.

To use real stained glass pieces proved unaffordable for this project and also the door was required to be thermally sound. The glazing panels formed were actually triple glazed with the centre pane being “Minster” obscure glass not only to provide privacy through the door but also to give the overall glass appearance a “crackle” or textured look. Inner pane was clear.

All filled with argon gas too.

The sequence of images that follow shows the manufacture and creation of the “stained glass” panels. Lead is applied to create the overall design outlines and then each and every small piece of the RegaLead film is cut meticulously into the lead shapes. Eventually the first sheet is made up and then that is formed with other glass units to make up the triple glazed product ready for delivery to Ellwood and the installation of the new door set into the customer’s home. Two identical panels were made for the door. Our glazing supplier is Nicholls and Clarke at Fareham in Hampshire. Thank you to Matthew here for his skill…Nicholls & Clarke Ltd., 28 Barnes Wallis Rd | Fareham | Hampshire | PO15 5TT Tel 01489 589858 | F 01489 574474 Visit their website at

This entrance door is based on Ellwood’s “HASFIELD” style/design. Chrome door furniture used including the impressive heavyweight 8” (190 x 65) “doctor’s knocker” (obtainable from House of Brass Ltd., Nottingham – they have a web site and you will also find this knocker on Amazon; a smaller version is also available as size 6” – 145 x 50) . Colour of the door and frame is Farrow and Ball’s Vert De Terre number 234. Fanlight created as well using Minster obscure glass within. As the door is set into a porch and a low threshold could also be created then an outer sill is unnecessary.