Smashed Salisbury Cathedral gates repaired and replaced

Smashed Salisbury Cathedral gates repaired and replaced

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:01am 23rd October 2016.

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It's been four months since the Harnham Gate was taken off its hinges and they've been painstakingly fixed.

Do you remember back in the summer when a driver smashed through the Harnham Gate at Salisbury Cathedral, taking it off its hinges?

Well, nearly four months on, they're back up and the works department there say they're really pleased with them.

They're pictured here as they now look and below as they were after the crash back in July.

New Harnham Gate October 2016 2 (Faye Marsh)

Gary Price from Salisbury Cathedral says their on site carpenter, Richard Pike, has been working 'frantically' get them repaired:

"We're very pleased with the result. There is a contrasting colour, but that is because we're trying to do an 'honest' repair, so you can see what we've done from the original gates. Also, the oak will weather eventually. Rather than trying to match exactly, and you can never match it exactly, we thought we'd leave it as they are. So it's bare oak which has been linseed oiled to protect it."

Here's how we covered the original story: www.spirefm.co.uk/news and here's how they were looking:

Salisbury Cathedral Harnham Gate 5 (Faye Marsh)

Gary Price is the Clerk of the Works at the Cathedral and says there have been some amazing additions to the new gates:

"Some of the old nails, which are just for decoration on the front of the gates, they were rusted. So we've got a local blacksmith to hand make 30 or 40 of these nails so we could bang them in so it looks the same as the original nails."

Salisbury Cathedral Harnham Gate 7 (Faye Marsh)

The driver arrested in connection with the collision, a 51 year old man from West Dean, remains on police bail.

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