Case study: Hewell Grange Cast Iron Bridge

The Dorothea team were called in after an original cast iron Repton bridge was discovered in Hewell Grange near Redditch in need of restoration.

The house, once a grand country home, is today used as part of a larger prison site. It once featured a garden originally landscaped by Humphrey Repton, and recent work to cut back scrub and wasteland uncovered the remains of an original cast iron bridge, long since decayed.

To restore the bridge, Dorothea Restorations first had to stabilise it with a new concrete footing, since one of the piers had completely disappeared.

The surviving cast ironwork was cleaned and repaired, and new cast iron deck plates were produced (about half had been missing). Finally a quantity of detailing made from recycled wrought iron was fitted.


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