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The architect Sir John Vanbrugh designed the magnificent entrance.
Golden Gates restored to their former glory.
The majestic gates which guard the entrance to Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace, have been given a golden makeover.
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.
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.