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Traditional Styles

Traditional Styles

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Traditional Styles

Traditional Styles

The traditional gate or railings  with their beautiful  scrollwork, leafwork and  detailed jointing are probably the images most people think of when asked about wrought ironwork. We are able to re-produce historic ironwork exactly, or work in the styles of previous  historic periods to create new work that fits in perfectly with its surroundings.


Whether you are looking for a simple candlestick for an eighteenth century cottage, a grand pair of entrance gates, or a handrail for garden steps, we can advise on  historic style, and help to translate your ideas into solid reality.


Our team of blacksmiths are all skilled in the age old techniques required to produce work to a high standard,. We produce all of our forged work in our own workshops and we are happy to work to your design ideas or produce drawings for you .

- Private commission -

Project: New Entrance Gates

Location: Wilby, Northamptonshire


These entrance gates are of traditional design with vertical bars and scrollwork.  The framing is also traditionally made by forging tenons, hot punching holes and riveting.  The scrollwork is fire welded and screwed or riveted to the frame.  The beauty of these gates is in the traditional detailing there are no fillet welds to break up joint lines between cross bars and verticals and the heeled tenons add real interest to the joints as well as being practical.  By fire welding the scrollwork, a smooth line, easy to the eye is maintained with clean transitions between elements.

The gates were forged from mild steel, galvanised, etch primed and painted with a zinc rich primer and top coat in a 30% gloss finish.


- Knowles and Son, Queens College Oxford -

Project: New gate to match existing

Location: Oxford


We were commissioned to forge a new entrance gate to match an existing one.

The gate is forged from Wrought Iron and is traditionally constructed using fire

welding, tenons and rivets.



- Harris Manchester College -

Project: New gate and railings

Location: Oxford


We are very proud to be part of this project to create a new entrance alongside the new clock tower at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. We worked with the architects Yiangou and partners to produce the design for the gate and railings. These were traditionally forged and jointed using firewelding, tenons and rivets. The finish is hot zinc sprayed for corrosion resistance, followed by primers and top coats in Dulux Metalshield satin finish. 

The gates and railings have created much interest since they were installed.

We can offer you something unique.

Our hand forged work is a way of working that produces textures and forms which are unique to the individual piece and distinct from machine made products.

We design to suit a location...

...and your ideas, not to assemble a piece from pre-made components.

We use a mixture of techniques...

...and technologies to make work affordable.

We can give you work with character and personality...

...our material is re-cyclable, very green and is built to last a lifetime.


Come visit us to discover how our craft will benefit your project

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22 Cransley Hill, Broughton
NN14 1NB
England UK
01536 790 295


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