Monday, January 5, 2009

History in a gate post

Between Lealholm and Houlsyke in the North Yorkshire moors stands this very old gate post. As I've recently returned from living and working as a (sometimes) wall builder this post has a number of interests.

Firstly in Ireland only stone pillars are used to hang gates from. Very rare to see a single piece stone.

Secondly, we have the cut recesses for which wooden poles were placed (there are corresponding holes on the other post)

There are also two more modern iron gate hinges set into holes and fixed in place with lead.

Finally there is the modern galvanised gate.

To find one such pillar in this area is not unusual but this gate has both pillars in place. Something I have never seen before as most gates have been widened over the years as machinery has got larger.
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