"Kissing Gates" are as much part of the rural landscape as bales of hay and rolling fields but, together with
stiles, they are falling victim to the demands of modern life and sadly many are being
The name is often associated
with a traditional game played when more than one person is passing through a kissing gate. In order for the first
person to pass fully through the gate they have to close it to the next person. At this point, when the two are on
either side of the gate, the person in front "refuses" entry to the second person until presented with a
kiss. The alternative origin of the name, and probably the most
likely, is that the gate merely "kisses" (touches) the enclosure either side, rather than needing to be securely
Whatever the source of the
origin of its name, it is, without doubt, an intrinsic part of rural life and the Heritage Group were anxious to
reinstate the kissing gate to the entry to the Dene Meadow, thus restoring a much loved feature that was removed
many years ago.
For many, many
years the old kissing gate stood guard at the entrance to the lovely Dene Meadow and generations of children and
adults enjoyed the fun of passing through its unique design. Sadly, many years ago, the gate was removed to allow
disabled and other users to gain better access but unfortunately, the rusting remains of the structure were left in
place and overtime they become quite an unkempt eyesore.
A proposal was
submitted to the Parish Council outlining the project and seeking funding. Under the ‘Open Spaces’ Scheme funds were available for projects which enhanced
areas within the village and the Parish Council agreed that this project fell within this remit and approval was
kissing gate was stored, for many years, in a local barn.
Fortunately, the structure was in quite good order so a decision was taken to restore the original mechanism and
commission a matching pedestrian gate.
Blacksmith was chosen to undertake the work. In January 2010 the old
mechanism was collected and work started on the renovation and the forging of a new post and pedestrian
The work was completed in
February and installation took place on the 28th March 2010 .