1. Repairs and Painting

To remove the railings set in copings on this side would have caused too much damage to the wall, so despite there never being a wholly dry day this summer, we cleaned the wrought iron, replaced missing finials and then repainted the run on this side, in situe after removing the Umbrella!

Before Repair and Painting
After Repair and Painting
After Repair and Painting

2. Restore and Repair Railings to the Right of the Steps

These were set in copings that were easily removable, therefore a vehicle based crane was used to remove these and transport to the specialist contractors workshop in North Yorkshire,Chris Topp & CO. The area was fenced off so that pedestrians were not at risk of falling off the edge! And souvenir hunters deterred from going home with a piece of Bronte Stone.

Enough to make the Bronte’s cringe
Enough to make the Bronte’s cringe
Lift Off!
Lift Off!
Safety Measures
Safety Measures
Replaced
Replaced

3. Double Gates and Side Gate Repair with Structural Overthrow

The Overthrow was dismantled and the gates craned onto the same vehicle as Railings. Care was needed that the gates did not fall over during the process as the Overthrow was also part of the hinge mechanism. A stone mason was on hand to loosen the stone and supervise the lifting of the top part of the piers so that the overthrow could be removed. Without the Masons we could not have proceeded.

The superficial rust on the gates shows up well in the wintery light
Rust on the Gates
Lifting the Decorative Caps so that we could get at the bracketry beneath
Lifting the Decorative Caps
Gates strapped to the stone columns so that they did not fall over when the overthrow was removed.
Gates strapped to the stone columns
The wrought iron rod in the core of the column that the overthrow was originally bolted to, had  disintegrated. It was mostly rust holding the gate structure together.
Wrought iron rod had disintegrated
Road closed for replacement
Road closed for replacement
The re-building process is in swing, a dry day for a change! The masons have worked wonders with stone repairs
The re-building process

The Stonework and Ironwork later attracted many favourable comments from local traders, and was passed inspection by the Council’s Conservation Architects.

Completed work in Situ
Completed work in Situ

Clients: Chris Topp and Co.