This project required careful consideration, as the two conflicting requirements of restoring the gate to full function and maintaining the integrity of the items history collided. We achieved a restoration that the client is proud of, whilst keeping the listing officer happy with the end result.
The conscientious restoration of heritage ironwork is a wide field with many, often conflicting, factors to take into account when planning interventions. Minimal intervention can sometimes compete with the need to maintain structural integrity or aesthetic considerations. Use of original materials and techniques can create problems when balanced against a requirement to keep all repairs visible to close inspection.
Our conservation awareness informs all of our recommendations and work. Our traditional craft knowledge is allied to awareness of, and facility with, all modern metalworking techniques and how they may be appropriately applied on a case by case basis.
Many of the elements of the castles ironwork had been taken down and left to corrode in the long grass. Everything had to be restored to working order, though in a manner that was sympathetic to the age and historical significance of the items.
This much neglected gate and surround, set in the Devon countryside, required both an on-site restoration of the surround, as it was deemed to risky to remove it from the wall, and an off-site restoration of the gates. Traditional skills were used to replicate the original damaged and missing items.