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Sculptural Gates Oakwell Hall

The Oakwell Hall feature gates were installed in April 2015.  Oakwell Hall was built in 1853 and now sits in a vast country park.  It is furnished as a family home from the 1690’s and offers visitors a fascinating insight into a post-English civil war household.  The feature gates mark the entrance to the heritage centre and display elements of the history of the site.

When the gate is closed there is a calm, organic leafy design featuring elements from community workshops which include symbols from the Batt family coat of arms. When the gates are opened visitors can discover various reproduction objects hanging on coat hooks along the gates, which tell the story of the history of Oakwell Hall.

The objects include a civil war sword, helmet, mining lamp, snap tin, miner’s helmet, battery and lamp along with an Oakwell Hall cast key.  The gate is finished in a greeny blue bronze which compliments the new entrance way at Oakwell Hall.

Thank you to everyone who contributed, including the workshop participants, the Friends of Oakwell Hall, the Project Team and the National Coal Mining Museum as well as Kirklees Museums and Galleries.