The Tented Dining Pavilion

Yorke Arms Dining pavilion (6)

One of Ironart’s most exciting projects in recent years. A beautiful tented dining pavilion, created for Bill & Frances Atkins at The Yorke Arms near Harrogate.  The Yorke Arms is a prestigious venue –  nationally recognized as one of the UK’s top Restaurant with Rooms. Chef/Proprietor Frances Atkins and her talented team have held a Michelin Star since 2003.

The dining pavilion was designed by Andy Thearle at Ironart, it comprises of a sculptural, galvanized mild steel gazebo frame, designed to stand bare in the winter as an eye-catching focal point in the garden. In summer the addition of a weatherproof, fire-resistant canvas cover transforms the struture into a breathtaking tented dining room with an integral table that comfortably seats eight. A domed canopy over an open fire in the centre of the table creates a unique and intimate atmosphere.

If you would like more information, or are interested in commissioning one of these structures please give us a call to discuss. Please click on the images below to enlarge them.




External staircase at the Yorke Arms, near Harrogate

Another commission from the backlog of images we’re working through, is this external staircase at The Yorke Arms – a Michelin starred restaurant with rooms – near Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Bill and Frances Atkins who own the Yorke Arms needed a simple, practical yet elegant solution for a fire escape  at the back of their business. The metal fire escape staircase features cast iron tread plates and scroll ends and does just what it says on the tin! Not the most earth-shatteringly exciting project we’ve ever done, but the Yorke Arms is an absolutely amazing place and we highly recommend a visit if you are ever in that part of Yorkshire. Frances Atkins is a Michelin starred chef and the food at the Yorke Arms is sublime.


The external staircase at the Yorke Arms, Harrogate

The external staircase at the Yorke Arms, Harrogate



A radiator console in London

Apologies for the long blog silence, things have been really hectic here since the site move and we’re busier than ever which is great news.

Here are some pics I stumbled across just now of a beautiful radiator console the Ironart team made last year for one of our interior design clients, Cynthia Garcia in London. No idea how these pics slipped through the net, but here they are. What a lovely and unique piece of work. Enjoy!

Radiator console in the Ironart workshops, Bath

Radiator console in the Ironart workshops, Bath














Wrought iron radiator console for Cynthia Garcia, London

Wrought iron radiator console for Cynthia Garcia, London



Interior staircase in Devizes

These pictures have just come in of a lovely staircase we made for a private customer in Devizes a while ago. The curving wooden handrail, which finishes the stairs off perfectly, was made by expert local carpentry firm Hawker Joinery. We do quite a bit of work with Hawker Joinery who are based just down the road in Batheaston, Bath and thoroughly recommend them.  All enquiries speak to Colin at Hawker Joinery Ltd, North End, Batheaston, Bath BA1 7HN
Tel 01225 858233    Email: and please tell them that Ironart recommended them!

Hawker Joinery Staircase, Devizes

The Ironart & Hawker Joinery Staircase, Devizes




Wrought iron balustrade, Devizes

Handrail by Hawker Joinery


Restoration of a weathervane – Holy Trinity Church, Cleeve

We’re currently working alongside Strachey Conservation to restore the weathervane from the spire of Holy Trinity Church in Cleeve, near Bristol. Our brief is to remove and completely restore the weather vane, which looks as if it has had extensive repairs with a variety of materials over it’s lifetime.  Martin went on site with James from Strachey where they were met with the difficult task of removing it. The weathervane had been fixed very steadfastly into the top of a beam 4ft below the roof, with a 40ft drop below to the belfry!

Ironart’s restoration plans for the weathervane include removing any corrosion, joining the two halves together with a threaded bar. Martin will remodel the missing cardinal point from scratch using original puddled wrought iron sheet before rivetting it back on. The whole weathervane will be painted to minimise future rusting and the cardinal points will be finished in gold leaf. We’ll post some pics of the finished weathervane here on the blog once it’s done.

Restoration of a church weathervane, Holy Trinity Church, Cleeve

The weathervane at the Holy Trinity Church, Cleeve

Restoration of a church weathervane, Holy Trinity Church, Cleeve

The view from the belfry


Weathervane restoration - Ironart of Bath

The Holy Trinity Church, Cleeve


A contemporary light fitting for local Interior Designer Sammy Wickins

We were recently commissioned by local interior designer Sammy Wickins to make a bespoke contemporary light fitting for a private residential property in Bath.  The suspended ceiling light was wired with spotlights and designed to hold a collection of candles.  It was hard to visualise how it would look in context but Sammy very kindly emailed us this image of the installation which looks great!

Here’s what she said: “There are not many suppliers that have really exceeded my expectations but Ironart did just that with the fabrication of a bespoke light fitting that I had to create for a residential project in Bath.  From the initial meeting with the (very rough) drawings Andy guided me through the creation of this wonderful light fitting converting my rough ideas into his scaled technical drawing.  A dual electrical feed (one for the low-voltage lights under the light and the other for the candle bulbs on the top of the light) meant that this fitting was not a straight forward design but with Andy’s experience the process was plain sailing and the finished result is better than I had imagined.  Thank you Andy and your hard working team for your help and I look forward to working with you soon again in the future.” Sammy Wickins, SW Design  April 2012


Contemporary light fitting for Sammy Wickins, Interior Designer, Bath

Contemporary light fitting for Sammy Wickins, Interior Designer, Bath


Martin attends an NHIG seminar

NHIG – The Conservation of Heritage Wrought Ironwork

One of Ironart’s restoration specialists – Martin Smith attended a two day seminar at Tyntesfield earlier this week, organised by the NHIG (National Heritage Ironwork Group).The course was aimed at professionals and craftspeople. Martin came back very enthused by the people he had met and the things they had seen. Over the two days the group led by NHIG lecturers Chris Topp and Geoff Wallis, assessed historic ironwork in situ at Tyntesfield House, The Clifton Suspension Bridge and St Mary’s Church, Redcliffe in Bristol.

William Edney gates at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol

William Edney gates at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol

Tyntesfield House is a ‘Gothic revival’ time capsule just outside Bristol, with very high quality, often very decorative ironwork features throughout.  The Clifton Suspension bridge is a famous local landmark which holds a particular fascination for Martin who is really into engineering  – the images below show detail of the 19 straps in each chain link supporting the bridge. Each one firewelded by hand and each one capable of supporting 700 tonnes of weight. Martin explained that the sets of rollers support the chains and allow the bridge to move. Apparently as the ambient temperature  changes throughout the year the ironwork in the whole bridge expands and contracts by at least 6 inches!

The repousee adorned, gold leaf gates in St Mary’s Church, Redcliffe are highly decorative and were made by William Edney between 1707 – 1710. William Edney and his brother Simon were one of a small group of outstanding blackmiths in the late 17th & 18th Centuries who did a lot of work in the Bristol area.  One of their earliest commissions was for railings and balusters at Dyrham Park  – which date back to 1694. The Edneys work has long since disappeared from site at Dyrham park and apparently there is no illustrative record of it. Interestingly enough Ironart was commissioned by the National Trust to reinstate a Clair Voie in the gardens at Dyrham Park – was there a connection?

For more information about The NHIG, Tyntesfield House, The Clifton Suspension Bridge and St Mary’s Church, Redcliffe Bristol follow these links.

The Framing Workshop Christmas Angel

Happy New Year to all Ironart Blog followers!

We were involved in a really fun project just before Christmas, the installation of a large 3D angel above the Framing Workshop on Walcot Street in Bath.  The Angel was the brainchild of local resident Shula Newick, it was cleverly constructed out of white fabric and stretched over a willow frame. The installation looked particularly striking at night because it was cleverly lit from within.

Ironart’s Jason Balchin and Jim Purry were responsible for working with Shula to create the armitures which fixed the Angel in place away from the wall.  Martin from the Framing Workshop was really pleased with the way the installation withstood the high winds and hash weather over the Christmas period. We think she looks lovely – hope you agree! 

Walcot Angel - The Framing Workshop, Bath

Walcot Angel - The Framing Workshop, Bath

Ironart at Old Down Manor, Tockington

We recently designed, made and installed a stunning cast iron balustrade and stair rail at Old Down Manor, Tockington – which has just opened as a prestigious wedding venue near Bath and Bristol.

The restoration of the house was overseen by Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd, a well known local firm with a great reputation. We were delighted to be commissioned by Ken Biggs to take on this project and it’s very rewarding to see our metalwork showcased in such a lovely setting.

There are a couple of recent blogs which we posted about the making of this cast iron balustrade which will give you some background to this project. We’ve linked back to them here.  Blog post 1, Blog post 2.

We wish the team at Old Down Manor the very best with their new venue. For more information about Old Down Manor, Tockington weddings – please take a look at their website.

The Ironart Balustrade at Old Down Manor, Tockington, Bristol


Old Down Manor - the cast iron balustrade

Old Down Manor - wedding venue


With thanks to Olivia Mills, General Manager at Old Down Manor for the use of these images.

The making of the Tockington balustrade

 Andy designed several versions of this balustrade, which was inspired by a previous Ironart project that the contractor had really liked. The client really wanted cast panels instead of wrought iron in this instance. These images show pattern boxes which were used to create the panels. To date we have no images of the finished cast iron balustrade complete with handrail and final coat of paint, but we’ll update the blog as soon as we have something to show you.