TG2613 : The remains of the Golden Gates

taken 3 years ago, near to Rackheath, Norfolk, Great Britain

The remains of the Golden Gates
The remains of the Golden Gates
For a picture taken by George Plunkett in 1991 see > LinkExternal link. The American airmen who were based here during WW2 referred to the gates at the main entrance into Rackheath park as the Golden Gates > LinkExternal link. At the time they were in excellent condition. Today the rusty remains are being held in place by scaffolding. Judging by the sad condition, nothing has been done in a long time, if ever, to preserve what remains of the structure.

The cast and wrought-iron gate piers and screen, originally gold-painted, were made in about 1850 by Cottam and Hallen of London and exhibited at the Great Exhibition 1851. An illustration of the structure was published in the Illustrated London News on 3 May 1851 > LinkExternal link.

The gates are believed to have been installed at Rackheath in 1886 when the lodges > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link were built. Two linked piers of cage construction, scrollwork decoration and cast iron moulded capping remain on each side of the access road to Rackheath Hall, now divided into flats, and to Heath Farm. The square-topped scrollwork screen is linked with the secondary lower pier. Nothing much is left of the now rusty structure despite it having been Grade II listed since 16 May 1984 despite the main gates being missing.

Parts of the gate piers were removed in the early 2000s, when the Broadland Building Preservation Trust put them into storage with DGT Structures, in Lenwade, for safekeeping. After the company went into administration, however, the pieces were lost. The trust, which had been formed in 2002 and folded in 2015, had planned to restore the gate, but failed to secure the 100,000 needed for the work.

Update - January 2017: Following a planning application submitted in November 2016 to have the structure destroyed due to its derelict condition, the London-based Victorian Society is now appealing for help to find any of the missing pieces, in a bid to save the work.
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Date Taken
Friday, 17 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 17 June, 2016
Geographical Context
Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2685 1341 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:40.2534N 1:21.2261E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2684 1343
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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