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Ironwork Restoration & Conservation

Kent’s Traditional Iron Restoration Service

Our policy on restoration work is to preserve as much of the original work as possible, only replacing details which are beyond repair. The reproduction of the damaged article is to match the personal style and working technique of the previous smith and ensure all possible steps are taken to protect the ironwork from future corrosion. 

When selecting someone to undertake the restoration and / or conservation of any item, the first thing you must do is ensure that they are qualified for the job. Too many times have we seen badly restored ironwork because the restorer didn’t know or understand what he/she was doing. You can be sure that we do and that we take great pride in our craft.

Weathered ironwork restoration at Darenth Valley Forge, Kent

Ironwork Restoration – Key Factors

When looking at restoring a piece of ironwork, there are a few things you have to consider:

  • Age
  • Material – is it cast iron or wrought iron? (charcoal iron or puddled iron?)
  • Design – has the design contributed to the article’s deterioration?
  • Construction – are there any unusual methods of joining?
  • Any exceptional aesthetic qualities?

All of these factors are used when it comes to the restoration / conservation of the piece of ironwork.


Like-for-like Iron Restoration

It is essential that the “like for like” process is used. For example, if you’re restoring a Grade I listed set of gates made of wrought iron, all repairs carried out will need to be done in wrought iron. Any new components forged should replicate the original method of construction, form and detail – and should be discreetly stamped with a maker’s mark and dated.

Any restoration carried out on listed ironwork should be recorded and documented, all repairs stated and the processes used. All new components stamped, recorded & photographed for future reference, a copy given to the client/ trust(s) and a copy held by Darenth Valley Forge.

If you are interested in our restoration service, please jump over to our contact page to get in touch.

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