The old gateway dates from 1693 and once lead to the graveyard at the old All Hallows church which was a Sir Christopher Wren design. In 1865 the church had to be demolished and rebuilt on a different location and at this point the gate was taken inside. My role was to carefully clean this incredible piece by drawing out salts with a seaweed poultice and cleaning the ornate carvings with cotton buds and porcupine quills. A de-corroding solution was used to treat the iron bars before a coat of crystaline wax was used to protect and revive both the timber and the iron. It was an honour to be asked to work on such a rare and valuable piece such as this.