The need for restoration is the result of accidents, removal, long neglect
and/or improper maintenance. Many wonderful examples of medieval wrought
ironwork survive in churches, houses and other buildings throughout the
world; it includes huge wrought iron hinges to simply ornamented latches and
heavy drop handles. The interest in restoration is the desire to make these
beautiful artifact last for a lifetime.
Guidelines for Restoration
- For better results, wrought ironwork must be dismantled and cleaned
so that a full assessment of its structure can be made in the workshop.
- Do take measure to stabilize the metal work and prevent needless
additional damage. Take temporary measures to secure loose parts and
maintain the finishes.
- Do inspect the metalwork periodically for any signs of deterioration
and take immediate measures to arrest its progress.
- Before removing the wrought ironwork, its condition, design and
relationship with the rest of the structure should be carefully recorded
As many contemporary and historic works are a combination of wrought
and cast iron, and contain many points of attachment, each restoration
project is unique. Follow the links and take a guided tour of the
Site Wrought Iron Restoration
It may be possible to carry out minor repairs on site, but for most of the
work, wrought iron piece must be dispersed and cleaned so that a full
assessment of its structure can be made in the workshop
Wrought Iron Protection
When reassembled, all surfaces should be carefully painted, taking care to
include the underside of the ironwork. Thorough protection from the weather
is vital for all exterior ironwork
Wrought Iron Reassembly
The original methods of assembly are the only one that will be most
visually compatible with the metal work and offer similar performance.
Wrought Iron Cleaning
In the cleaning process, Wrought Iron pieces are sand blasted or shot
blasted to remove accumulations of the multiple layers or paint which have
usually obscured much of the original detail.
Wrought Iron Repair &
Due to the fibrous nature of wrought iron it is most important that any
weld extends to the full depth of the material, to ensure that all the
laminated elements of the original are connecte.