Historic gate restored

IAN CLARKE An historic gateway to a Norfolk stately home has been re-opened after a pain-staking £40,000 refurbishment.The 19th century North Gate entrance at Holkham Hall, near Wells, has been re-built, brick-by-brick.

IAN CLARKE

An historic gateway to a Norfolk stately home has been re-opened after a pain-staking £40,000 refurbishment.

The 19th century North Gate entrance at Holkham Hall, near Wells, has been re-built, brick-by-brick.

The neo-Gothic arch above the gates, which dates back to 1848, was damaged in June last year when it was struck by a lorry delivering timber from Sweden to Holkham Building Maintenance.

A sharp-eyed visitor witnessed the damage being caused to the grade II listed structure and the lorry was captured on the Victoria Hotel's CCTV cameras.

Following a protracted insurance claim, the case was settled and work could begin to rebuild the arch above the gates, which had been dismantled, as it was unsafe.

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The restoration work was carried out by craftsmen from GF Atthowe in Norwich - who have completed several major projects on listed buildings such as Norwich Cathedral - and meant that the main entrance to the hall has been closed for 10 weeks.