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The architect Sir John Vanbrugh designed the magnificent entrance.<br />
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Golden Gates restored to their former glory.<br />
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The majestic gates which guard the entrance to Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace, have been given a golden makeover.<br />
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The largest monumental entrance to a private palace in Britain, the massive 20 ft high, 17 tonne gates, installed in 1852, have been painstakingly restored using over 6,000 leaves of 24 carat gold.<br />
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Gilder John Naysmith painstakingly stripped and re-painted the wrought iron and then applied 240 books of gold leaf to the Marlborough coat of arms and crest by hand.