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Anne Bolyn Gate Hinges at Hampton Court

Hampton Court Anne Bolyn Gate

I was approached by another blacksmith to help forge the hinges for the new Anne Boleyn gate at Hampton court. The specification was to forge hinges from 90 x 15 wrought iron to hang the oak gates. The gates are 16 feet high by 13 feet wide and weighing 1.5 tons.

The chance to work with such heavy gauge wrought iron and to do some of the forge weld techniques, i.e. T joints , was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

The T welds needed the use of two fires and two blacksmiths, each of the blacksmiths to bring the individual pieces up to fire weld heat before they were driven together. The radiating heat from the complete joint was something that I had not experienced before in my time as a blacksmith.

The hinges were riveted to the oak doors in the carpenters’ workshop with the final few riveted on site at Hampton Court when the doors were hung.

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