Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Bird Cage

I can't remember if I've posted a photo of this before. The oldest part, on the right, is an elaborate metal 'kissing gate' known as The Bird Cage (for obvious reasons). It dates back to 1872, when it formed part of the development of the Milner Field estate, a large house that was built by Titus Salt Junior but which was demolished in the 1950s. Kissing gates are designed to let people through but prevent livestock escaping.


  1. At some point I've heard of something like this gate. Terrific shot!

  2. They have some gates like that at Osgoode Hall downtown here from when it was countryside all around it.

  3. This is a common kind of gate in the part of Johannesburg that my daughter lives in. A kissing gate? It seems better designed to prevent kissing than to assist kissing.


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