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Just what we wanted for the New Year – both pairs of Blue Coat School’s historic main gates were craned back into place on our Church Road entrances after major restoration.

The iron gates, now looking possibly better than when they were first fitted, had suffered decades of damage from the weather and pollution. The older more elaborate cast iron set by the Chapel are part of the School’s original 1906 design.

The newer 1958 gates for the Clock Tower entrance drive were commissioned to mark the 250th anniversary of the School’s founding in 1708. The School coat of arms has been beautifully picked out in colour (including brown squirrels) on each gate, creating a fine finishing touch to the building’s magnificent facade.

Steve Yates, works director at Calibre Metalwork, which undertook the restoration, said: “It was fairly straightforward work, although recreating the missing mouldings on the older gates was tricky, with having to graft new cast ironwork onto the original material.”

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