Cardigan Castle Main Gates
The interesting and ornate main gates had lost almost all of it's ornate decoration to corrosion. While the frame was largely sound, the design and lack of maintainence had created pockets of intense corrosion which required some sections of the top and bottom rail to be replaced to retain stuctural integrity. Particular attention was paid at the coating stage of the restoration to these areas which represent a risk of moisure ingress and future corrosion issues.
At all stages the original material was retained wherever possible, however where replacements were required they were forged using traditional forging techniques and clearly marked as being a modern repair. Clear records were kept of every stage of the conservation detailing the nature and extent of all intervention and the justification for the decisions made.
The extensive and unusual original use of threaded fixings were replicated in all elements that needed replacement.