Temple Bar

This project was awarded Award in the Repair and Restoration category at the Natural Stone Awards 2006.

The official guide said, 'The 14m high Portland limestone Temple Bar is the last surviving gateway to the City build by Wren after the Great Fire of 1666. It originally stood at the junction of Fleet Street and The Strand but for the past 125 years has been at Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire. In a delicate operation taking 72 weeks it was dismantled, stone by stone, and rebuilt at the newly redeveloped Paternoster Square, opposite St Paul's Cathedral. With the move, the gateway was cleaned, restored and repaired.

Four original statues depicting monarchs were reinstated following sympathetic conservation and repair. Four new statues were added. The moving of the gate by the Victorians had lead to some significant damage to the stonework. They had also twisted the courses making the structure out of alignment by 80mm, which CWO had to correct by re-levelling every course.'

The judges commented, 'A glorious return to the City after a very long absence has been enhanced by the work being beautifully executed. The art of restoration has been exemplified with this project at a point where there is a boundary between new and old.'

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Temple Bar Statue using Portland Stone made by Albion Stone