19th Century Canopy Restoration

One of our more challenging projects recently has been the restoration of a beautiful 19th Century cast iron canopy, for a property on the outskirts of Bath.

Measuring approximately 15 metres in length and featuring a wrought iron framework with cast iron infill detail and a copper roof, the canopy was suffering from significant corrosion as a result of years of neglect.

Before restoration

Before restoration

The restoration involved stripping down the entire structure on site, removing over 500 bolts and numbering each section before being sent to the workshop for paint removal, general repairs and treatment of corroded areas.

Condition of framework

Condition of framework

The canopy restored

The canopy restored

Once all repair work had been completed the whole structure was then decorated before being refitted on site. Working in conjunction with a Coppersmith, we fabricated an entirely new roof covering from 0.7mm copper sheet which was then fitted to the ironwork using appropriate isolating material to prevent the possibility of bi-metallic corrosion. The decision was made not to replace the unsightly fibreglass panels that had been installed previously.

A beautiful structure, we feel restored to its former glory.

 

 

4. Wrought iron frame with cast iron infill

Iron frame detail post treatment but requiring filling due to porosity in the castings

Iron frame detail post treatment but requiring filling due to porosity in the castings

 

Copper canopy roof

Copper canopy roof

 

 

Condition of canopy roof

Condition of canopy roof

Canopy restoration, Lansdown Bath

This pretty Georgian canopy was reclaimed and restored on behalf of a client who lives on Lansdown in Bath.  Martin Smith carried out this restoration in the Ironart workshops in Larkhall. He started by stripping it apart, straightening all the sections and making moulds for the lead cast ball detailing. Martin had to make a new mould for the larger ball detail on the sides (which were new additions). We think it really enhances the back door to their garden.

 

 

Pretty porch in Westcombe, Somerset

This lovely porch for a house in Westcombe, Somerset was recreated using reclaimed sections of wrought iron with cast iron detailing. The porch was finished with a new lead roof by local lead-working firm Galena. Galena have a high level of expertise and come highly recommended by all of us here at Ironart of Bath – these guys don’t have a website but are at: 14 Bakers Corner, Neston, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9SY 01225 811816. If you have a similar project in mind, we’d love to help so please get in touch.