St Swithin's Church

St Swithin’s Church, Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester

Aiano’s makes stainless steel weld mesh church window guards in addition to woven mesh church window guards.  To our knwledge, Aiano’s is the only company making both types of window guard and offering the full range of church window guards designs, techiques and services.

Aiano’s has an association of many decades with the Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass workshop. From the cathedral cloister, Sam Kelly and his team of craftsmen provide stained glass conservation and restoration for Salisbury Cathedral itself, as well as for churches and cathedrals in Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, and parts of Berkshire. Over the years, Aiano’s has been been making hand-crafted window guards to their rigorous standards, for churches in the south and south-west of England.

St Swithin’s Church, Headbourne Worthy

St Swithin’s Church is a Grade I listed church in the heart of Hampshire that probably dates back to the eleventh century, with restoration in 1860 by the architect G.E. Street.

Aiano was asked to make church window guards from templates provided by Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass. In this case, to match existing guards at the church, the guards were made from welded mesh. Aiano weld mesh window guards are handcrafted with the same care and skill that we apply to our celebrated woven mesh window guards.

Hand-crafted welded mesh black trefoil guard

Aiano hand-crafted trefoil tracery guard made from 75mm x 12mm stainless steel welded mesh on a 5.5mm frame, powder coated black.

Weld mesh window guards are widely used, and where there are existing weld mesh window guards in place, it is important to keep the style consistent and not disrupt the overall harmony of the building.

In this case, Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass provided the templates for the window guards, and Aiano wireworkers and welders, hand-crafted the guards to their specification. The guards were then fixed in position by Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass.



AIANO weld mesh window guards

Welded mesh black church window guard for main light of St Swithin's church

Aiano welded mesh main light guard for St Swithin’s Headborne Worthy. The guards are usually powder coated black to help make them less conspicuous.

The process of hand-crafting a welded mesh window guard differs considerably from our woven mesh window guards. In the case of a weld mesh window guard, pre-fabricated stainless steel weld mesh is used. The precision of the pre-fabricated mesh has its own beauty, which is utterly different from the hand-woven mesh.

For welded mesh guards, the first key step is to make the frame, which should follow the exact contours of the template. This is a critical stage in order to ensure the best possible fit for the window guard.


AIANO church window guards

Hand-crafted welded mesh black quatrefoil guard for St Swithin's Church

Aiano hand-crafted quatrefoil tracery guard made from 75mm x 12mm stainless steel welded mesh on a 5.5mm frame, powder coated black.

Aiano’s is the leading maker of wire mesh window guards in the country. We have been making window guards for churches and heritage buildings continuously with pride for more than 150 years. The production techniques have changed little in this time and our knowledge and expertise has been passed down through generations. We have expertise in measuring, producing and fitting complex-shaped window guards.

A large number of churches and cathedrals around the country protect their treasured stained glass and leaded light windows using Aiano’s custom-made hand-crafted window guards.

Welded mesh trefoil and quatrefoil tracery guards

Trefoil and quatrefoil tracery guards for St Swithin’s Headborne Worthy.

For more information about AIANO traditional church window guards do not hesitate to contact us. We can make guards to all sizes and requirements, and also offer site services. Please call us on 020 7987 1184 or email us at if you would like to discuss your requirements, or require further information or advice on AIANO guards.

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