Restoration & Conservation of Wrought & Cast Ironwork

Cardiff Royal Infirmary Gate’s & Overthrow. Severely damaged by a lorry, Fine Iron were commissioned to repair, restore and reinstate the ironwork back to its original splendour. This was a major restoration job, you can see the damage in more detail if you click for an enlargement. The result of our work can be seen in a sequence of six images at the beginning of our Gates and Railings section.

Here we see the same gates following repair and restoration at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

This image and to your right show details of scroll work and repouseé from the restored gates pictured above.

Delicate repouseé work flowing from the crest featured on the overthrow.

 

A cast iron coat of arms needed some repairs and restoring

 

New steel lettering was laser cut and welded into position

 

Restorations

Conservation – Wrought Ironwork

Pontypool & Abersychan Joint War Memorial. The Gates were completely destroyed by a falling tree. Fine Iron re- designed the gates based on the original design by combining cast iron and forged iron. This project was particularly time critical as the Gates and railings centred as the backdrop for the Armistice Day memorial service.

Side entrance gate also at the Pontypool site. Much of the masonry and stonework was also rebuilt by Fine Iron.

 

Restoring – Wrought Ironwork

You can see the structure of the main gate (pictured above) more clearly in this photograph taken in one of our workshops. At this point the ironwork has been prepared ready to receive top coats and gilding.

Another workshop shot, the gate has now been painted and the gold work is nearly complete.

Restoring – Wrought Iron Railings

Extensive work was also required on the railings associated with the Pontypool & Abersychan Memorial Gates.
Click on this image to see an entire run of railings including the restored bronze plaques containing the names of those who gave their lives and are commemorated by these gates.

These exquisite gate handles perfectly compliment the craftsmanship encompassed in these gates.
See below for how the lock and handle mechanism looked before restoration.

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You may find that this image
in enlargement best demonstrates the ornate quality and feel of these wrought iron gates.

Lock and handle mechanism before restoration.

 

The wrought iron gates shown here were severely corroded but were restored to their former glory.
In the salty seaside air of towns like Brighton in Sussex, much ornamental ironwork was manufactured and installed along promenades and sea view balconies in the Victorian period. Although extremely durable when compared to mild steel, without regular maintenance, wrought or cast iron will eventually require full restoration. Occasionally, it can be more cost effective to make reproduction iron work using mild steel rather than restore the original.

FineIron worked on a seaside town regeneration project in Yarmouth, Norfolk.

The Ulster Reform Club balcony, Belfast.

Shown during reinstatement following restoration

The Ulster Reform Club balcony, Belfast.

Shown during reinstatement. 

This wrought iron balcony in Ireland was in danger of collapse

 

The Ulster Reform Club balcony, Belfast.

Shown during reinstatement.