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Hurst Farm Oak Gates

This set of oak gates is a good example of how we often mix old design with modern technology. The oak gates are based on a set of seventeenth century oak gates that we came across on a listed building in south Derbyshire. They are constructed of vertical planks fixed onto a heavy oak frame using large oak pegs and wedges. The framing is decorated with channel moldings that have been applied using a scratch stock, an ancient method of applying moldings using a blade to scrape away the wood and create a detailed molding. They are fully automated and can be opened using a number of fobs or even by the owner calling a number from his mobile to open them from anywhere in the world. Along with oak gates we also offer the stonework including intricate or simple stone gateposts or sweeping dressed stone walls and copings shaped specifically to your driveway.

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Allmans Heath Cottage Oak Gate

This oak gate is based on archives taken from Country Life and is a copy of a sixteenth century oak gate. It is made from air dried oak, which means that the oak does not absorb moisture to the extent that kiln dried timber would. This leads to a more stable product. The oak gate is five years old and is in a very exposed location hence the silvery appearance of the oak. When  the oak gate was hung it was treated with a clear preservative, though this is a precaution whch is not normally required though was done in this case because of the exposed location. It is made from twelve pieces of oak that are secured using a peg and wedge system. The oak planks are held in place by cover laths which join with the gate head to form a sequence of gothic arches. Inside the arches are some basic stylised flower design carvings.

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Haddon Hall Oak Gates

These oak gates are a replica of the oak gates found on the entranceway to Haddon Hall. They are around twelve feet tall and twelve feet wide, they are constructed from thick oak boards and  thicker oak framing on the back using dovetailed half laps and numerous iron bolts riveted together to form an impervious set of heavy oak gates. They serve as a large access into a beautifully secluded courtyard within a vast house. So as to make them more usable day to day we have also incorporated a wicket gate within the larger gates. Wicket gates are a traditional feature for many old large doors or gates and served the purpose of making a larger doorway easy to defend by a single guard. They have heavy blacksmith made hinges that bolt on from both sides for added strength and these are traditionally leaded into the stonework at either side. They have a large draw bar across the back of the gates to ensure they are secure and a five lever dead lock on the wicket gate giving the courtyard a high level of security.

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