A H I S T O R Y O F R E S T O R A T I O N
Henry Crowther started to produce Lead garden ornaments from his new Chiswick workshop in 1908, which in fact was a corrugated roof placed upon two garden walls tagged onto the back of an old blacksmith shop at the bottom of his garden. He also had no idea where it was going to lead. Over a century and four generations later his company is still in the business of restoring and reproducing Lead and is still under the same corrugated roof in Chiswick West London. In fact very little has changed since 1908 apart from the fact that we are now known globally.
Almost from the beginning Henry was approached for advice on how to restore and in some cases, to replace important pieces from what have now become very important gardens. Along with supplying many of the new gardening projects that were taking place at that time, Henry soon had his hands full honing the skills needed to restore the Cisterns and Ornaments that were beginning to fill up his workshop.
Above- Henry Crowther in the Chiswick show garden
In 1940 Jim Crowther, Henry's son, took over as senior restorer. Concentrating on developing the skills he had picked up from his father since joining the company ten years earlier at the age of fifteen,
Jim took Lead conservation to another level. With his new techniques Jim was able to travel to many important figures all over the country and restore them in situ rather than having to dismantle the figure itself, saving unnecessary distress to the figure and keeping the cost to a minimum. Jim's first major restoration project was a life size figure of William of Orange, cast by John Van Nost.