Supporting Heritage Skills with the Princes Trust

Gareth Cryer developing his Heritage Skills with The Princes Foundation Building Craft Programme.

Gareth Cryer, one of the newest blacksmiths to join our team has been lucky enough to be part of the Princes Foundation Building Craft Programme over the last 8 months. The programme involved a 3-month live-build at Dumfries House in Scotland with a team of other craftspeople including stonemasons, carpenters, bricklayers, thatchers and blacksmiths who were all developing their heritage skills. As part of the programme, Gareth had placements at forges across the UK including his time with us at Ironart. We are as active as we can be in fostering these types of placement supporting and developing people with the craft. In running this programme, The Princes Foundation is doing great work to develop crafts professional’s skills in the UK and enable better building practice and conservation of heritage sites across the country. We are really keen to support this kind of enterprise.  Congratulations, to Gareth for completing this inspirational programme. We look forward to welcoming Jeremy Cash, our latest placement from the foundation, this November. See below some images of the projects Gareth worked on the programme.

Parade Gardens Balustrade

Over the last 3 and a half years, Ironart of Bath has been involved in a project called BathIRON. BathIRON was the brainchild of Andy Thearle, owner of Ironart of Bath and secretary and trustee of the National Heritage Ironwork Group. The NHIG’s aim is to raise awareness of heritage ironwork, the skills involved in creating it and also that enable its protection and conservation. The focal point of the BathIRON project was to create a brand new bespoke, musical themed balustrade for the bandstand in Parade Gardens, Bath, as a means to raise awareness of heritage ironwork to a multitude of audiences. 
Last June alongside The British Artist Blacksmith Association, Hereford College of Arts and lots of artist blacksmiths, Ironart of Bath participated in the BathIRON festival of ironwork in Parade Gardens in the centre of the City of Bath. Over the 4 days of the event, all the bespoke panels were forged live by master blacksmiths and their teams.  Following on from that, after a winter of hard work and thousands of hours of forging, galvanising, finishing and painting, this April saw the final installation of the balustrade and it looks amazing! It is now in situ and you can go down anytime to Parade Gardens in Bath and have a look. 
This May Ironart joined the final celebrations to mark the project’s completion, at an event called FireFOLK in Parade Gardens, Bath. FireFOLK was an evening of live folk music, forging demonstrations, a silent auction of traditionally, hand-forged pieces, a bar and local food stalls. It was a family-friendly event as part of the Bath Festival and welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds. It was great to be mixing with artist and master blacksmiths, families who had sponsored notes on the balustrade, folk music enthusiasts, regulars to the park and visitors to the city.  We were very lucky with a balmy, sunny evening and much fun was had by all, the mayor came to cut the ribbon and accept this amazing, bespoke gift on behalf of the city of Bath and the evening ended in suitable style with lots of happy folk dancing around the beautiful, newly adorned bandstand. Read more about the project here.

It has been amazing to be part of this project, that leaves a legacy that will be seen and enjoyed for hundreds of years by many thousands of people visiting and living in the city of Bath. The opportunity to be involved in something that allows people to understand the incredible creative possibilities of working with metal was very exciting and a privilege. This kind of bespoke work is something that Ironart of Bath specialises in. Do get in touch if you would like us to come and talk about a creative idea you have for some bespoke ironwork creation!

Sweeping handrail for Watson, Bertram & Fell

Posting some pictures of a lovely curved handrail that we made for a farmhouse near Swainswick for Bath Architects Watson, Bertram & Fell and builders Donovan Construction.  A simple, elegant design made by James and Jason here in the Ironart workshops in Larkhall earlier in the year and fitted on site in several visits by Andy, Martin and Jason.

The bespoke timber for the handrail was supplied by Staffordshire based timber specialists Clive Durose. The finished stair rail has a really satisfying, intrinsic beauty, and the feedback we received from them put a big smile on our faces too… “We were very impressed with the quality of the metalwork, as was our fitter”

If you have a similar staircase project in mind and would like some advice, please give us a call because we’d love to help.


Some unusual balustrading

Here are some recent pics of some balustrading we made and installed on a contemporary house in Saltford near Bristol last year. The house was being completely renovated and needed something in keeping for the front steps. Andy wasn’t the least bit constrained by the architecture of this interesting house, and his inspiration for this design was taken from a Scandinavian style wooden interior balustrade. Highly unusual and highly effective!

Revisiting a lovely staircase

This weekend I revisited a project we completed a few years ago now, and had the opportunity to take some photos. This beautiful stair balustrade which incorporates cast panels was made for a Georgian family home on the edge of Bath. The wooden handrail has yet to be installed. Nice work!





Ironart for Ashford Homes, Holburne Place, Bath

We are nearing completion of a sizeable commission for our client Ashford Homes in Bath. Ashford Homes are building a prestigious terrace of new town houses in the centre of Bath on Henrietta Street. Follow THIS LINK to their website.

The whole team here at Ironart have been involved with this project which was needed on a really short lead time. We made eight wrought iron balconettes with lead cast detailing in the style of Herschel House, the neighbouring property, automated gates and a 40m run of individually leaded-in Bath finial railings to the front and the side of the building which are as yet unpainted. (Ironart made all the architectural metalwork for Herschel House in 2008).

Artists impression of the Ashford Homes development on Bathwick Street, Bath

Artists impression of the Ashford Homes development on Bathwick Street, Bath

Bathwick Street balconettes for Ashford Homes, Bath

Bathwick Street balconettes for Ashford Homes, Bath

Balconettes on Bathwick Street, Bath.

Balconettes on Bathwick Street, Bath.

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A porch with a lead roof – Charlcombe, Bath

Porches can make all the difference to the entrance of a house, beautifully illustrated by the ‘before and after’ photos posted here. We have made heaps and heaps of these canopy/porch structures over the years, many of which can be seen here on our website.  Follow this link to take you there.

If you think your house would benefit from a porch or canopy over the entrance, and want something that will stand the test of time and make you smile every time you look at it, give us a call or email us for more info.

Charlcombe porch before

Porch with lead canopy, Bath

Porch with lead canopy, Bath


A canopy for Simon Morray-Jones Architects

We created a beautiful canopy for an historic private property near Lacock, this time for local architects Simon Morray-Jones, Bath. The canopy incorporated some large  reclaimed cast iron decorative columns, mild steel, wood and glass. If you are interested in commissioning a canopy for your property, please get in touch.

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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



The Oak Leaf balustrade

We were recently commissioned to make up a sample panel for a bespoke balustrade. The design is based on hand forged oak leaves. We have yet to make the balustrade, but thought it would be fun to show you what the guys came up with.

Oak leaf balustrade detail

Oak leaf balustrade detail