The two year project to restore Pittville Gates, the ‘grand entrance’ to the new town planned by Joseph Pitt, has been finished.
The recent installation of the six opening gates and the new lamp in the central overthrow has completed the second phase of the restoration project.
The original gates were removed in 1921 to avoid damage to vehicles passing through the gateway, and the lamp disappeared sometime in the 1960s. The new gates have been cast using patterns made from the surviving central screen and posts, and the lamp, based on late nineteenth century designs, has been made by hand.
In the first phase of the project, completed earlier this year, the six stone pillars were replaced and the surviving ironwork restored, with the surroundings landscaped and the length of railings along Prestbury Road put back.
The project has been a partnership between Cheltenham Borough Council and Friends of Pittville. The Friends raised the funds required, nearly £290,000, mainly through grants from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust/Cory Environmental, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Summerfield Charitable trust, the Cheltenham Borough Council Environmental Fund, Gloucestershire County Council and donations from other charitable trusts and many generous individuals.
Garrie Dowling, senior property services surveyor, said: “The gates look magnificent and have transformed the appearance of a prominent corner of the townscape. I really would like to congratulate the Friends of Pittville for all their hard work throughout the restoration process. This project has been facilitated through a successful partnership between the borough council and the Friends of Pittville, whereby the council has managed contract procurement and partnership arrangements, and the Friends of Pittville provided funding and community involvement. Through collaborative working on this restoration, the council now has a robust working model for future community-led built environment projects.”
Judie Hodsdon, Friends of Pittville, added: “We are delighted that the gateway is now fully restored and looking as magnificent as we hoped it would. We are very grateful to all those who have helped with the transformation, whether by providing funding, giving their time or using their skills to achieve the restoration.”
For more information about the project visit the Friends of Pittville website.