By One Giant Leap
Thursday 13 Sep 2018 12:02:00
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Ornate iron gates are once again to stand proudly at the entrance of Middlesbrough’s historic Avenue of Trees.

Crem gates

The site, which leads from Acklam Road to Acklam Hall, will see the restoration work carried out thanks to a bequest from Alan Hunter to Acklam 2020, the late treasurer of this community group.

The original gates were removed as part of the Second World War effort and replaced by low-lying gates and reduced size pillars.

The project, which includes raising the stone gate pillars to their original height, has now been given planning permission.

The new gates have been designed using an old photo uncovered by Acklam 2020. The image, researched by Middlesbrough Council’s conservation officer, depicts the gate prior to the war effort, including a small Talbot hunting dog from the Hustler family crest.

A plaque commemorating the memory of Mr Hunter who enabled the restoration of a piece of local history has been produced by one of Middlesbrough’s oldest businesses, William Lane Foundry, the plaque reads simply “Bequeathed to the people of Acklam by Alan Hunter of Acklam 2020”.

William Lane

Marilyn Wood, Secretary of Acklam 2020, said: “We are pleased that this project now has full planning permission and that the plaque in memory of Alan is now complete.

“It is a fitting choice of project to remember him by, as the history and ecology of the area were his passion. He was a lifelong resident of Acklam and educated at Acklam Grammar School located in Acklam Hall.

“We are so grateful for his generous bequest to the group and the residents of our area.”

In a commitment to deliver the project with the greatest heritage sympathy possible, specialist Historic England approved masonry contractor, Classic Masonry have been appointed to deliver and coordinate the management of the project and sub-contracting of John Aynsley Architectural Metalwork.

Arborcut Tree Services and Billinghurst George and Partners will also carry out work in connection with this project. Work is expected to begin on site in early November.


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