The Bartlett Street Bake off!

Well this is a first for us here at Ironart…. our work has been stunningly recreated in a 12″ Victoria sponge and white fondant icing by the clever team at Bath Cake Company, located just next to Bartlett Street here in Bath.

This delicious creation was donated to the Bartlett Street party last weekend, organised by Lucy Simon to celebrate the official opening of the Bartlett Street Quarter.  If you’re passing through, look high above the street at the historic wrought iron gantry we restored earlier this summer. The cake was the work of  bakery apprentice Nicole, it was then iced by cake decorating apprentice Rebecca, before business owner, Celia Adams applied the piping on the top. Follow the Twitter handle #BartlettStreetQuarter for more pics and stories from the day.

Thank you so much to Bath Cake Company for sharing this picture, we just wish we’d had a chance to taste it!

The Bath Cake Company Victoria Sponge for the Bartlett Street Party 2015

The Bath Cake Company Victoria Sponge for the Bartlett Street Party 2015




The Bartlett Street Quarter revealed!

The Ironart Twitter feed has been very active this week as the shop owners, shoppers and residents on Bartlett Street have noticed the scaffolding coming down. At last the newly restored sign gantry that we’ve been restoring (featured in earlier blog posts) has been revealed. The sign has had new gilt lettering added announcing the “Bartlett Street Quarter” – the gilding was carried out by one of our favourite local craftsman Krysta Brooks from Frome.

The close-knit independent shop keeping community on Bartlett Street are planning a celebratory street party on Saturday 12th September from 10am – 6pm with live music, great food and entertainments – all will be welcome so put the date in your diaries and go along if you can. We’ll post more details when we have some.

In the meatime, search #BartlettStreetQuarter on Twitter to follow their story.


Overthrow restoration update

We blogged about this project two weeks ago. The team are continuing to restore the Bartlett Street sign overthrow here in the Ironart workshop. These pictures tell the story of the restoration work as it progresses under the expert eye of Martin Smith. For more information about Ironart’s Restoration services follow this link to that area of our website. If you have a project in mind and would like some advice about where to start, please get in touch.

Bartlett Street Overthrow Restoration

These pictures tell the story of an intriguing restoration project we have in the workshop at the moment.We have been commissioned by the Bartlett Street Antiques Centre in Bath to survey,  dismantle and restore this beautiful 6m wide overthrow which has, for many years been hanging high over Bartlett Street, a picturesque pedestrian side street in Georgian Bath’s main shopping district.

We are still not sure exactly how old this lovely wrought iron overthrow is but probably late 19th Century. Martin Smith is overseeing the restoration of the whole piece, carefully cataloguing each section and ensuring the appropriate repairs are made at each stage of the process.  Stacey Hibberd, Cecilie Robinson and Adrian Booth are all assisting Martin in the restoration. It’s such a beautiful piece of original wrought ironwork and our whole team appreciate the level of craftsmanship and care that went into it’s making. We can only wonder how many million people have strolled underneath this overthrow without even noticing it! When restored and back in situ the gantry will incorporate some new, bold lettering to catch the eye – “Bartlett St Quarter” – more pics to follow as work progresses…