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Tatton Park, Mere Lodge Gates and Railings

We surveyed, then repaired and re-decorated Tatton Park’s Grade II Listed cast iron gates and railings.

The Mere Lodge at Tatton Park is a two-storey octagonal building of ashlar and rendered brick. Designed in 1822 by Lewis Wyatt, it is Grade II Listed. 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 cast iron Mere Lodge gates and railings are reputed to be the oldest in the park.

We were asked to survey the gates and railings in-situ and advise on how best they should be repaired and redecorated.

The gates had suffered damage from a vehicle impact and the railings had a number of fractures and a failing paint system.

To minimise damage to the stone plinth, we carefully sliced through the iron railings at stone level and returned them, along with the gates, to our workshop.

All were subjected to a dry blast cleaning system then immediately primed for further survey and repair. Cracks and missing sections were weld repaired and mechanically braced with iron as required. A conservation approach was adopted, saving as much of the original fabric as possible.

We applied our own high-quality paint system under controlled atmospheric conditions within our paint shop prior to returning the gates and railings to the site.

They were all installed into their original positions with hot lead and the paintwork touched in.

The left hand Mere lodge railings before our restoration works began.

The left hand Mere lodge railings before our restoration works began.

The Mere lodge gates before our restoration works began.

The Mere lodge gates before our restoration works began.

The Right hand Mere lodge railings before our restoration works began.

The Right hand Mere lodge railings before our restoration works began.

The railings were suffering from neglect. The failing paint system offered little protection to the underlying iron.

The railings were suffering from neglect. The failing paint system offered little protection to the underlying iron.

Any repairs were done with no changes to the original fabric. The conservation approach.

Any repairs were done with no changes to the original fabric. The conservation approach.

All ironwork was blast cleaned to SA 2.5 then immediately primed before we made our repairs.

All ironwork was blast cleaned to SA 2.5 then immediately primed before we made our repairs.

We secured the repaired and redecorated railings into the stonework with traditionally hot poured lead.

We secured the repaired and redecorated railings into the stonework with traditionally hot poured lead.

We secured the repaired and redecorated gates and railings into the stonework with traditionally hot poured lead.

We secured the repaired and redecorated gates and railings into the stonework with traditionally hot poured lead.

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