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Wrought Iron and Wrought Ironwork

Wrought Iron has a long history and it is important to select a blacksmith who has the appropriate skills to carry out traditional detailing or have the knowledge to restore existing historic ironwork, which should always be done in consultation with your local conservation officer. Firms listed below vary from those who supply standard designs for gates and railings, to individual blacksmiths producing bespoke forged items to companies with considerable experience in the sensitive conservation of historic wrought ironwork. The National Heritage Ironwork Group ( NHIG ) has been recently set up to promote high standards of conservation but there is no accreditation scheme at this present time.


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Companies supplying goods or services for Wrought Iron and Wrought Ironwork
Allerford Forge Blacksmithing
The Forge, Allerford, Nr Minehead, Exmoor, Somerset TA24 8HN
Tel 01643 863339 (office) 07548 212289 (mobile)
Email: kroberts@allerfordforge.co.uk
Website: www.allerfordforge.co.uk
Allerford Forge Blacksmithing boast a huge amount of experience in the metal working industry and specialise in architectural and restorational projects. The team are made up of a mix of highly skilled blacksmiths and metalwork professionals offer a huge range of services. They work with all forms of metal including wrought iron, cast iron, aluminium, stainless steel, brass, bronze and corten. Based from a National Trust Forge on the edge of Exmoor, they offer our services across the whole of the country.
Black Dragon Forge
Black Dragon Forge, 4 Hancock Row, Greenaway Lane, Hackney, Derbyshire DE4 2RA
Tel 01629 312994 Mob 07984 668981
Email: dan@blackdragonforge.co.uk
Website: www.blackdragonforge.co.uk
Master blacksmith specialising in traditional hot forging techniques. I design, make and install hand forged bespoke ironwork of the highest standards using traditional skills and techniques. All work is unique and designed with both site and client in mind. Whether contemporary or traditional in style the attention to detail and hand forged methods ensure the work is in keeping with, and enhances, its environment. I can also seemlessly restore, re-instate or replicate old wrought iron, and now offer have-a-go sessions teaching the noble art of the blacksmith.
Calibre Metalwork Limited
Hazel Knoll Farm, Torkington Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 6NW
Tel 0161 427 4603
Email: steve.gort@calibremetalwork.co.uk
Website: www.calibremetalwork.co.uk
Calibre Metalwork provides conservation and restoration services to the standard expected by heritage professionals. Our principled approach aims to save original fabric, use authentic materials, and apply traditional craft techniques. Our consultancy service provides specifiers with condition assessments and budget pricing. Typical projects include railings, gates, balconies, balustrading, bandstands, park shelters, metal windows and all manner of architectural metalwork in cast iron, wrought iron, steel, bronze and brass. We can also arrange stonework and other trades to provide a complete service, and cover all parts of the UK from our Stockport workshop.
Dorothea Restorations
William Street, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0RG
Tel 0845 4780773
Email: john@dorothearestorations.com
Website: www.dorothearestorations.com
Dorothea Restorations are experts in the restoration and conservation of historic architectural metalwork and machinery, experienced in cast iron stitching and welding, structural welding of wrought iron, specialist joinery and carpentry, specialist glazing including lead came work, patination and cleaning of lead, copper, brass and bronze, gilding. Conservation blacksmithing, using wrought iron. Dressing, repair and manufacture of burr millstones, repairs to traditional windmills and watermills and restoration of historic machinery.
George James & Sons Blacksmiths
20/22 Cransley Hill, Broughton, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1NB
Tel 01536 790295 Fax 01536 790295
Email: jamesblacksmiths@aol.com
Website: www.blacksmiths-shop.co.uk
The business was established in 1841 by Thomas James and is still operated from the same forge and workshops by his great great grandsons Tim and David James. They have considerable experience in the restoration of both wrought and cast ironwork and providing new work in traditional styles .They also design, forge and make contemporary work for both public art projects and individual requirements. The restoration and conservation of historic ironwork is undertaken, with considerable knowledge and experience in repairing both wrought and cast ironwork and an ability to replicate exactly historic styles and techniques.
Historic Metalwork Conservation Consultancy (HMCC)
16 King Alfred Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 1NP
Tel 07883 205704
Email: peter.meehan@hm-cc.co.uk
Website: www.hm-cc.co.uk
Historic Metalwork Conservation Consultancy (HMCC) provides conservation advice on the care, management and preservation of historic metalwork, with a particular emphasis on historic ironwork. Founded in 2011 by Peter Meehan, who has over 25 years experience of working with historic metalwork, both in museum collections or as part of our outdoor heritage. HMCC’s primary aim is to provide specialist advice to all those who have responsibility for historic metalwork in the public and private sector. Services include preparation of condition reports and conservation specifications, storage and care advice, estimating and preparation of tenders, maintenance programmes and management of contractors.
J H Porter
13 Cranleigh Mews, Cabul Road, London SW11 2QL
Tel 020 7978 5576 Fax 020 7924 7081
Email: info@jhporter.co.uk
Website: www.jhporter.co.uk
J H Porter’s team of 5 skilled blacksmiths produce a high standard of ironwork. We can manufacture, restore, reproduce and repair gates, railings, balustrades, grilles, staircases and balconies. An extensive collection of photographs, drawings and cast iron patterns are available in our workshop to assist in project design and development. Clients include architects, churches, English Heritage National Trust, Photographers, as well as the general public. We generally work within the London area, and appreciate the importance of the quality required in maintaining London's unique needs.
Little Newsham Forge
The Forge Little Newsham Winston Darlington County Durham DL2 3QN
Tel 01833 660547 Fax 01833 660732
Email: info@littlenewshamforge.com
Website: www.littlenewshamforge.com
Artist Blacksmith, Brian Russell established his business over thirty years ago at the 200 year old forge in Little Newsham, set in the heart of Durham countryside. The work ranges from bespoke gates, railings and sculptures to various other uniquely designed pieces of artwork. Each piece is individually designed by Brian Russell and all of the components are made in the forge. He also undertakes the restoration and reproduction of antique ironwork, using traditional forging and repousse methods.
Lucy Sandys-Clarke Artisan Blacksmith
The Smithy, Beech Hill, Dent, Cumbria LA10 5QN
Tel 07866 741833
Email: lucy@lucysandysclarke.com
Website: www.lucysandysclarke.com
From an old smithy in the Dales village of Dent, in Cumbria, blacksmith Lucy Sandys-Clarke produces hand-made pieces of bespoke ironwork using the age-old techniques of hot forge-work. Her portfolio is varied, ranging from small and intricate one-off fittings to larger-scale architectural installations and pieces of furniture. She has a particular interest in the manufacture door and window furniture, producing latches, handles, catches, bolts and hinges to match surviving originals, reference vernacular styles or to new designs. Some pieces are available as standard products, but she also welcomes private and public commissions.
Mike Wye & Associates Ltd
Buckland Filleigh Sawmills, Buckland Filleigh, Devon, EX21 5RN
Tel 01409-281644
Email: sales@mikewye.co.uk
Website: www.mikewye.co.uk
Mike Wye & Associates are one of the foremost UK suppliers of sustainable, natural and traditional building materials and systems. Our extensive product range includes: traditional lime mortars and plasters, natural hydraulic limes, sustainable insulation (such as recycled foam glass for limecrete floors, cork, wood fibre and sheep's wool), beautiful polished plasters, and natural paints, oils and waxes. Having our own team of specialist contractors, our advice is founded on the practical application of our products in the real world - therefore ensuring successful results and optimum performance of the products and systems we supply.
Newton Forge
Newton Forge, Hillside, Manston, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. DT10 1EY
Tel 01258 472407 Fax 01258 471111
Email: mail@newtonforge.co.uk
Website: www.newtonforge.co.uk
At Newton Forge they have over 30 years of experience in the restoration and production of traditional wrought and cast ironwork. Their expert craftsmen and high standards have brought them a reputation as one of the country’s leading specialists in working with heritage ironwork. Their work includes heritage restoration, traditional reproduction, design and commission, cast iron and estate management maintenance.
Owlsworth IJP
Unit 2 Paddock Road Industrial Estate, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 5BY
Tel 01189 469 169
Email: info@ijp.co.uk
Website: www.owlsworthijp.co.uk
Owlsworth IJP is a company that has an understanding and appreciation of traditional properties, building techniques and materials, with years of experience in the sympathetic and careful repair of properties. Clients include The National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces and several County Councils as well as numerous private clients.They employ their own highly skilled team of craftsmen capable of providing a host of traditional craft skills, using techniques passed down the generations. These skills include carpentry, joinery, plastering, bricklaying, stonemasonry, blacksmithing and millwrighting.
Rupert Harris Conservation
Studio 5c, Block A, 1 Fawe Street, Poplar, London E14 6PD
Tel 020 7515 2020 Fax 020 7987 7994
Email: mail@rupertharris.com
Website: www.rupertharris.com
Rupert Harris Conservation was established in 1982 and was appointed Metalwork Conservation Advisor to the National Trust in the same year. Since then the company has built a reputation as the leading conservators of metalwork and sculpture in the UK. The studio’s work covers bronze, lead, cast-iron, zinc and electrotype sculpture; modern and contemporary art; historic lighting; gold; silver; fine ironwork; arms and armour; ecclesiastical metalwork; casting, replication and consultancy. Clients include the National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Collection as well as major museums, art galleries, local authorities, architects, auction houses and private collectors. Accredited member of ICON.
Topp & Co
Unit 5, The Airfield, Tholthorpe, North Yorkshire YO61 1ST
Tel 01347 833173 Fax 01347 838137
Email: enquiry@toppandco.com
Website: www.toppandco.com
Specialists in Historic Ironwork. Caring for the fine metalwork at some of the most architecturally sensitive sites in the world demands superb craftsmanship and, as leading authorities in the ancient craft of blacksmithing, we thrive on the demanding technical challenges set by the heritage sector. Our relationship with leading architects, specialist contractors, conservation experts and practitioners is central to our ability to deliver to the highest standards. Our specialist division, ‘The Real Wrought Iron Company’, is the only supplier of genuine wrought iron in the world.
Forgeries, 108 Brassey Rd Winchester Hants SO22 6SA Telephone 01962 842822 Website: www.forgeriesonline.co.uk
J Churchill , The New Forge Capton Dartmouth Devon TQ6 0JE Telephone 01803 712535 Website: www.jchurchill.co.uk
John Nethercott & Co, Upper House, Discoed, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2NN Telephone 01547 560369 Fax 01547 560255 Website: www.johnnethercott.co.uk
The Real Wrought Iron Company, Telephone 01845 50 14 15 Website: www.realwroughtiron.com