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Gates to Heigham Park

County Norfolk   District Council Norwich City Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Norwich City Council  Town/Village* Norwich - Parks and Gardens 
Road Avenue Road 
Precise Location Entrance to Heigham Park, on corner with Recreation road 
OS Grid Ref TG215082  Postcode NR2 
Previous location(s) Railings around pagoda in Chapelfield- then mid 1930s around tennis courts at Heigham Park 
Setting Enrance to park  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Thomas Jeckyll  Designer(s)   
Barnard, Bishop and Barnards  Foundry worker(s)   
City Works  Restorer(s)   

Commissioned by

Barnard, Bishop and Barnards 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Cast iron railings restored as gates

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
A pair of Gates  Cast iron with gilding on leaves  Each H 136 L 184 cms 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Norwich City Council 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments
Detail: Good following careful restoration over a couple of years by City Works

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate

Description (physical)

Each gate is made up of six upright sunflowers with gilded petals and stylised leaves. they were photographed outside the tennis courts by George Plunkett in 1932 

Description (iconographical)

Originally they formed part of the railings for the 1872 cast iron Pagoda designed by Thomas Jeckyll for Barnard Bishop and Barnards as their entry to the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1872. The pagoda was a much admired example of Jeckyll's design - heavily influenced by the taste for Japan and typical of Barnard Bishop and Barnards' workmanship. The Pagoda was acquired by Norwich City Council in 1880 when it was placed in Chapelfield. The railings were much admired at the time - one critic describing them as 'one of the boldest and at the same time one of the most succesful examples of modern wrought iron work.’(Photographed by George Punkett in 1934, The railings were removed to Heigham Park in the 1930s when some were set around the tennis courts. Neglected and vandalised they were taken away to storage and finally restored with gilding by City Works, although they simplifed the design with a single rather than a double set of petals. They were officially re-opened by the Lord Mayor in 2004. The Pagoda was taken down in 1949 in an act described by the Norwich-born architectural historian Reyner Banham as ‘absolutely scandalous’ in a lecture at Norwich City College in 1953 


Date taken:  29/5/2006
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  29/5/2006

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References

Information from City Care; Weber Soros, Susan and Arbuthnott, Catherine, Thomas Jeckyll, Architect and Designer, 1827-1881, London and New Haven, 2003 223-231; (themes/parks/heigham Park) 


Date entered:  30/5/2006

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke