Tales From the City-The Old Iron Posts


I was dashing along towards the train station and suddenly stopped in my tracks. It’s funny how you can pass by something all the time and never see it, but today,  these old iron railings, what remains of them anyway, caught my attention.

Was this broken iron railing just a case of neglect or ruined for a higher purpose?  Iron fences, gates, and metal of any sort was stripped from London’s streets, the fine homes and the not so fine, all gave for the war effort. The  iron plume heads of these remaining rails are thick and heavy, it gave me pause for thought- had they started to strip the iron and for some reason the job suddenly stopped. Did it happen whilst the end of war was broadcast over the wireless, or had time and lack of care just let this magnificent iron fence deteriorate, leaving just the plumes and the flower heads boldy standing on top of the brick wall?

There is an interesting article on the website of The London Parks and Gardens Trust, which asks the unanswered question, just what did happen to all the iron collected? It was generally assumed the iron was melted down and used in the war effort, but this article offers the suggestion that the iron itself was not usable and the collection of the iron continued as a propaganda effort to keep the morale up. There is nothing worse than feeling you can do nothing to help, or contribute when so much is at stake,  so if you could gather whatever metal you could, you went at it, it’s just what one did.  It’s just one of those questions whose answers  will be lost in time for now.


About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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8 Responses to Tales From the City-The Old Iron Posts

  1. Whatever the truth is, Susan, I’m glad these old gems were not scavenged. I love the shapes.

    • Hi Andra! I love the flowers which I think are acanthus blossoms but not sure. They are massive, each one of these iron decorations are at least a good foot! Massive bold and such a statement back then, and well even today! They must have cost a small penny or two!

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Those are quite stately. Don’t see things like that in suburban Ohio. 🙂

  3. Definitely a good old find, Susan!

  4. Chris B. says:

    What a peculiar mystery! The shapes are beautiful, what a wondrous find. 😀

  5. gaurav says:

    It’s good to stop once in a while and notice the usually unnoticed things on our way to work daily.

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