Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GATEWAY THROUGH 110 YEARS; Iconic Scene Recaptured in a Historic 'Restoration'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GATEWAY THROUGH 110 YEARS; Iconic Scene Recaptured in a Historic 'Restoration'

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Byline: ANDY PASSANT

MORE than 110 years separates these two views of Acklam's Avenue of Trees.

The old black and white photo shows two dapper gentlemen leaning on the original gates in 1901.

Fast forward to 2012 and the Middlesbrough scene is remarkably similar today - except for our modern-day "models".

Its former look has been replicated with new railings and gates based on the original design.

They have been installed in front of the avenue of lime trees stretching south from Hall Drive.

Marilyn Wood, secretary of the Acklam 2020 Group, said the fencing had been recreated as it would have looked at the turn of the 20th century.

Its original appearance is shown in a photograph dated July 1901, courtesy of Teesside blacksmith Peat Oberon.

The Gazette's photo, snapped in June 2012, recreates the pair's original pose, even down to the cloth caps.

Marilyn said the existing fencing had been looking "tatty and inappropriate". …

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