Antique wrought iron railings restored at Birchfield Gardens

Clr Angela McInerney, Clr Andrew McManus, historian Arthur Whimperley and Tom Banks from Halton Council's open spaces team

Clr Angela McInerney, Clr Andrew McManus, historian Arthur Whimperley and Tom Banks from Halton Council's open spaces team

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ANTIQUE wrought iron railings which surround Birchfield Gardens, in Widnes, have been restored, thanks to Halton Council.

They were originally erected around Birchfield House, a mansion built in the 1830s by Edward Young, a prosperous merchant and magistrate.

The house was acquired after the Second World War by ICI, but fell into disrepair and was demolished.

The gardens, with a duck pond, became a public park.

The railings, made by Victorian craftsmen before modern steelmaking processes and protective treatments, suffered a great deal of erosion.

Halton Clr Ron Hignett , board member for the physical environment, said; "The accumulated damage to the ironwork was clear to see, erupting through multiple layers of old paint.

"These improvements will benefit residents and visitors to the area, making it look a lot nicer and giving it a facelift."

Birchfield, Farnworth and Halton View local area forum donated £13,000 towards the renovation and Wren contributed a further £18,500 from the Landfill Comunities Fund.

They were unveiled by Clrs Valerie Hill, Andrew MacManus and Angela McInerney with local historian Arthur Whimperley.

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