Over the years I have gathered up 4 old original blacksmith gates from various folk in our area. They're now being sandblasted, repaired, primed and painted. Here are two I went to see this morning which have just been sprayed Massey Ferguson red. These are the classic Ulster hooped 5-bar gate although these two have had a extra bar added at the bottom maybe to stop lambs escaping.
Even though the 4 gates came from 3 different folk scattered between Donaghadee and Cunningburn, the man who is fixing them can tell that they were all made by the same blacksmith, and all at least 100 years old.
Will post some photos in a while once the big pillars are in place and these are all hung.