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UK Architectural Antiques. Suppliers of cast iron radiators and interiors



Antique Gates and Railings

UKAA buy and sell reclaimed quality driveway gates and railings.

Reclaimed gates and pillars are truly wonderful and they will instantly add character to any home.

First impressions count and reclaimed gates certainly add class and style.  

If you choose the right style gate for the property they will look like they have always been there and will add value to your property.

Reclaimed gates are often made from cast iron, wrought iron or sometimes a combination of both. They are streets ahead of fabricated modern gates.

Victorian gates were often quite elaborate and earlier gates quite plain but the simple style will fit in well with Georgian properties. Elaborate gates add panache and grandeur to a Victorian property.

Antique salvaged reclaimed art nouveau driveway gates fully refurbished here in our workshops

Ideally a pair of driveway gates would need to be a minimum of 10 foot (clear opening) the reclaimed Victorian or earlier gates that we source are often less than that but are big enough for our modern needs of cars and vans. 

All our reclaimed gates can be automated and this can be done by a reputable gate installer. This is not a difficult job and we can weigh each gate for you so that your gate fitter can get the correct size motor for the weight of the gate. 

Antique original Georgian driveway gates ready to be automated available from our warehouse  
A pair of good sized quality gates will add value to your property with the added bonus of offering extra security that will deter any unwanted visitors.   

We have welders and fabricators on site that are specialists in the field of refurbishing Antique items including our gates and railings. Care and time is taken over the restoration of our antiques and our staff take great pride in transforming our antiques. If you visit our yard in the week you will see them at work it is fascinating to watch the transformation and it is a very satisfying job for them.    

Antique Victorian wrought iron estate railings and post fully refurbished available for delivery worldwide 
Made from either cast iron or wrought iron. Salvaged from large houses and properties around the country including industrial buildings, factories, schools and public buildings. We are always looking to source good sets of driveway gates. 

Antique reclaimed large  Victorian gates for a main entrance are in stock available to view in out showroom
We are lucky sometimes to be able to reclaim a long run of cast iron railings with matching driveway gates these are always popular and are not up for sale long!
Terrace houses were built with beautiful pedestrian gates and matching half height railings that were fitted on top of the walls and these are always highly sought after. During the war times gates and railings were seized for the war effort and made into ammunition.

We had a lovely set of half height railings not long ago reclaimed from a property in Aberdeenshire that have now been fitted to a row of properties in London.

Original antique reclaimed gates and railings fully refurbished in our warehouse for immediate delivery 
This is a wonderful pair of gates salvaged from Aston Hall in Lancaster. They are truly wonderful and made from oak and wrought iron. They are an impressive pair of gates and did not take long to find a new home.

Antique original gothic style reclaimed gates fully refurbished and available to view in our yard 
To compliment these items we always try to stock pier capping's and wall capping's, these can be made from stone, cast iron or terracotta.

Antique original weathered Victorian gate pier cappings made from stone and available to view in our yard  
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Recognising wrought iron

Wrought iron is unlike cast, in that it is not brittle, and seldom breaks. For this reason, wrought ironwork is frequently far more delicate, although years of paint can obscure this. Cast iron is most frequently identified by its repetitive nature, and forms which could be carved in a wooden pattern, but not made by hammer and anvil. Telling wrought iron from mild steel is often more difficult, as both will bend, and not break. Frequently, however, work in mild steel is readily identified by the lower standards of workmanship often used. Look for evidence of electric welding. Also mild steel is often given away by more active corrosion, rust tends to run out of the joints in a steel gate, and stain the paintwork, where this is seldom the case with wrought iron. Wrought iron may also be dated, approximately by its texture. Until the very end of the eighteenth century, sections of wrought iron were derived by forging of billets by hand or water power, this resulted in a more or less uneven surface texture, and very sharp corners. A foreshortened view of a bar displays well the irregularities of the surface. Rolled bars, on the other hand, produced from the beginning of the nineteenth century, are perfectly smooth, and the corners can display a small radius. Nineteenth century wrought iron is known as 'puddled iron'. 
Recognising cast iron

Pure, unadulterated iron is only moderately hard, as anyone who has bent a nail with a hammer can attest. When it becomes red hot, say at about 700 degrees Celsius, it can be easily bent and formed into whatever shape the artisan wishes -- straps, hinges, horseshoes. For this reason we speak of "wrought iron," (wrought, from wreak, to bend or twist). Unfortunately, it is also only moderately tough; it can easily be bent when being used. It also loses any sharp edge very quickly under the pressure of work or abrasion.
Cast iron, on the other hand, is enormously strong. Cast iron takes its name from the fact that it emerges from the smelter in liquid form and can be cast into moulds rather like bronze or silver. Unfortunately, it is rather brittle, and worse, it can't be bent or shaped in any way once it has solidified.

The process to manufacture Cast Iron Gates is as follows -

A sand casting is a cast part produced by forming a mould from a sand mixture and pouring molten liquid metal into the cavity in the mould. The mould is then cooled until the metal has solidified. In the last stage the casting is separated from the mould. There are six steps in this process:
1. Place a pattern in sand to create a mold
2. Incorporate a gating system
3. Remove the pattern
4. Fill the mould cavity with molten metal
5. Allow the metal to cool
6. Break away the sand mold and remove the casting.
Cast Iron is the preferred material for making gates and railings, however due to high manufacturing costs most people tend to have there gates and railings made from steel. The manufacturing costs for steel are far cheaper, however the end results show why cast iron is the ideal material for projects where a high quality job is required.

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Original old salvaged large oak and iron gates fully refurbished here in our workshops