There are beautiful iron gates standing tall all over the world. Although interest in fancy ironwork has diminished over the past century, it is returning with a vengeance. Old gates are being restored and placed back where they originally stood guard while new metalworkers are designing their own creative gates.
Read on to learn about 3 examples of famous and ornate iron gates:
The Sailors' Home Gate
This ornamental cast iron gate in Liverpool, UK has seen a lot of changes since it was first installed in 1851 at the Sailors' Home. The home was built to provide a place for traveling sailors and seamen to have a safe place to sleep, read and bank. The imposing gate, with its "Liver bird" herald and nautical motifs, was installed to protect the bank inside the home and to help strictly enforce the 10 pm curfew.
The gate was twice a killer, falling on the wife of the building's porter within a year of the gate's installation and then crushing a policeman to death during a violent storm in 1907. The gate was removed in 1951 and installed at a Soho museum.
In 1974, the Sailors' Home was torn down. In 2010, the decision was made to restore the gate and install it in its original place, where you can visit this beautiful gate today.
Strawberry Fields Gate
When it comes to having ornate gates, Liverpool appears to be blessed. Another set of its notable gates that have recently been returned to their rightful place are the bright red gates at Strawberry Field, made famous by the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever."
John Lennon's Aunt Mimi lived close to Strawberry Field. He used to climb those gates, which once led to a children's home where he played on the grounds. He wrote the song in 1966 based on his memories. The gates had to be removed for a while because visiting fans of the Beatles would often spray paint graffiti on it.
The site will now house a catering and hospitality school for young people with learning disabilities. The gates will be part of a permanent heritage exhibit and can once again be seen in all their glory.
Bob Dylan's Gates
The late John Lennon isn't the only musician to become fascinated by gates. Bob Dylan has taken up metalworking and has been creating one-of-a-kind gates at his workshop in Malibu, California.
Dylan welds scrap pieces of metal junk together to make his ornate gates, which have been displayed at London's Halcyon Gallery along with some of the artist's paintings. Dylan has this to say about his gates: "They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference."
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