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Tatton Park Mansion House Gates

Dating from the early 1700’s the elegant “New” Mansion House at Tatton Park is set amidst more than 50 acres of Tatton Park gardens, at the heart of 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland. The estate is owned by the National Trust, who administer it jointly with Cheshire East Council.

The late eighteenth-century Italian wrought iron gates and associated railings are Grade I Listed and are of the highest historic value. It was essential that the project be undertaken by timeserved craftsmen using like for like materials and traditional techniques to accomplish their restoration correctly.

The impressive entrance gates are a marriage of three distinct elements in both date and design, comprising of a pair of late eighteenth-century Italian wrought iron gates with family cresting hung off fixed panels attached to the centreline of the stone piers. We understand that the gate opening was deemed insufficient for the passage of coaches and a major modification has been carried out in the 19 century to widen the opening. To do this, the fixed wrought iron panels were incorporated into the existing opening leaves and braced with additional horizontal members. The gates were then hung off the rear of the gate piers and attached with two crude iron straps fixed to the upper pier level. The two gaps created were infilled with iron / bronze balustrade panels that match exactly those of the main internal staircase.

The East Gate is late eighteenth-century Italian, similar in design to the main gates. Above the gate is a rectangular monogram overthrow and a semi-circular arch infill panel. As with the main gates these three elements are a marriage of differing designs, with the monogram and arch panels being nineteenth century, in different styles and certainly made by different blacksmiths.

It is likely that the eighteenth-century Italian gates (East gate) were purchased from an existing Italian building and imported in the mid to late nineteenth century, at which time they were modified to fit their current positions.

This historic photograph of the gates and railings was handed to us by the client to assist with our restoration works.

This historic photograph of the gates and railings was handed to us by the client to assist with our restoration works.

The right hand Mansion gate before our restoration works began.

The right hand Mansion gate before our restoration works began.

The left hand Mansion gate before our restoration works began.

The left hand Mansion gate before our restoration works began.

The Mansion gate before our restoration works began.

The Mansion gate before our restoration works began.

The East gate before our restoration works began.

The East gate before our restoration works began.

The right hand Mansion gate undergoing careful restoration. We had to replace a number of the collars and twisted iron tendrils with puddled wrought iron.

The right hand Mansion gate undergoing careful restoration. We had to replace a number of the collars and twisted iron tendrils with puddled wrought iron.

These gates tell a fascinating story.

These gates tell a fascinating story.

All repairs were done with minimal or no changes to the original fabric using a conservation approach.

All repairs were done with minimal or no changes to the original fabric using a conservation approach.

The restored Mansion gates. Central Crest & Crown yet to be fitted.

The restored Mansion gates. Central Crest & Crown yet to be fitted.

The restored East gates and overthrow, with 23.5 carat gold leaf gilding.

The restored East gates and overthrow, with 23.5 carat gold leaf gilding.

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