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.
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.
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.
On this project we were working under the main contractor (Cliveden Conservation) to conserve the ironwork on this Historic England project. The advanced corrosion on the North aspect ironwork required replication of the existing, and the rest was restored.