'The Way' - St Paul's Cathedral Tercentenary Gates


New gates, which can be viewed through the King Henry's Mound telescope, have been installed on the edge of Sidmouth Woods to mark the tercentenary of St Paul's Cathedral.

St Paul's is connected to Richmond Park through the protected 10 mile view of the cathedral from King Henry's Mound.

'The Way' gates

The gates, called 'The Way', depict oak branches. These oak branches morph into a concave top to the gates which suggests a reflection of the cathedral's dome.

There is an epigraph of 'The Way' incorporated into the gates and an acknowledgement to Sir Christopher Wren, through a small wren sitting low down in the foliage. A robin sings from the opposite branch.

'The Way' is also an epitaph to Edward Goldsmith, author of the book by the same name.

The bark texture has been created to promote algae and lichen growth low down on the gates. This will soften the metal work and blend with the natural environment of Richmond Park.

Donation and design of the gates

The gates were kindly donated by the family of renowned environmentalist and The Ecologist magazine founder, the late Edward Goldsmith, through The Royal Parks Foundation.

They were designed by artist blacksmith Joshua De Lisle. His design was chosen by the Richmond Park Manager, The Goldsmith Family, a team of blacksmiths, a structural engineer, Richmond Park supports and other staff from The Royal Parks.