Rose gate restoration project, Porlock, Somerset

Sorting though an archive of newspaper clippings, we found an article which was printed in the West Somerset Free Press regarding ‘The Rose Gate restoration project’ in Porlock, which was delicately restored by us, back in 2012.

This project brings back specials memories to the team as this project is very close to our hearts. The gate restoration was undertaken on behalf of the village of Porlock, which is the neighboring village to our base, here in Allerford, Somerset.

Porlock rose gate restoration

The restored gate pictured during the ceremony with St Dubricius’ First School. Picture which appeared in the West Somerset Free Press taken by Steve Guscott

The general thoughts among the community was that the gate had fallen into a state of disrepair, and because of this, it was removed for over a year. But thanks to a campaign organised and lead by the villagers of Porlock included the school, church and parish council, the funds necessary to restore the original gate were raised .

We were honored to be asked to undertake the delicate repair to the gate which was thought to be an original feature of the church which dates back to 1890′s.

The gate was brought back to the forge where local Blacksmiths Tom Leader and Kyle Roberts undertook a full repair and restoration. The project was also extra special for Tom, as he himself visited the school as a child and has his own memories of the gate.

On completed of the gate restoration, the church help a blessing during a special ceremony which was attended by local villagers, school children, representatives from the Exmoor National Park Authority and the Blacksmiths.

We would like to that this opportunity to thank the community of Porlock and we hope the gate will remain a feature of the village for many more generations to enjoy.

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