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A Master Craftsman

Master Plumber and craftsman Terry Fillary (77), has been an active member of the CIPHE for 48 years. He is a specialist in ornate leadwork and has worked on many prestigious restoration projects at notable sites such as: the Tower of London; Kensington Palace; Methodist Central Hall, Westminster; Buckingham Palace; Mansion House; Thames House, Millbank; and Crosby Hall, Chelsea.

Terry is also a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Plumbers (WCP) and in October 2011 he was approached by the WCP and asked to create a special gift for Her Majesty The Queen, to mark her Diamond Jubilee year.

A small committee consisting of chairman, Past Master Edward Hopkinson; Liveryman Phil Mead; and Terry Fillary, submitted three ideas through the WCP to the Queen’s Private Secretary at the Palace. Terry’s design for a trough and planters was chosen.

Terry completed the project in May 2012. The finished containers weighed 300Kgs and when assembled measured 2050mm x 450mm. Because of the weight involved, he used a block and tackle on a jib and a mobile wooden plinth to help him with construction.

“This was indeed an honour for me,” said Terry, who had designed and constructed two cast lead ornate identical cisterns for the rose garden at Buckingham Palace in 2001. “I believe this will be my last project, it is finally time to retire.”

Kevin Wellman, CIPHE CEO said: “Terry possesses an infectious enthusiasm which has inspired many people over the years and his exceptional ability is unquestionable.

“His passion for the ancient craft of leadwork has resulted in unique displays of ingenuity that will be enjoyed for decades to come. There is no doubt that Terry epitomizes the ultimate Master Craftsman and is especially proud to be a plumber.”

Terry has had a varied career in plumbing, which included teaching. He is still called upon to give lead craft demonstrations and talks, including at the WCP’s Court Barn at the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex and has recently finished writing a book on ornate leadwork which contains nearly a 1,000 images of his work. For more information please contact Terry at terryfillary@ntlworld.com