English Heritage partially funded the conservation and restoration of these 18th century Grade 2* listed iron gates on the behalf of a private client. Treatment of these gates included both restoration of various elements and reinstatement of a coating system, but the most challenging aspect of working on these gates was access.
The gates are located in the middle of a forest with access via a circa 1 foot wide footpath, or down the side of the hill into which the grotto containing the gates is dug. This meant we had to design and construct a sledge system for transporting the gates up the hill and moving through the forest to our van. This worked very effectively and allowed treatment of the gates at our workshops rather than in-situ, meaning more extensive work could be undertaken in much better conditions than had the gates been worked on in place.