Restoration

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.

We spent the latter part of 2017 conserving and restoring the ironwork on the ¼ mile long rooftop areas of the grade one listed Hurst Castle. The marine environment is hostile to unprotected ferrous material and a wide variety of challenges were overcome during the project.

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

Hurst Castle

Chevithorne Gates

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.

Cardigan Castle