Replacing cast iron Railings

Once upon a time our house would have been surrounded by cast iron railings.  There is still the evidence of the original post footings in the walls.  In the deeds it gives a detailed account of the boundaries of the house and how they must be constructed as a stone wall no higher than 2ft and then topped with iron palisades (railings) around the the whole house.

The first thing we got sorted when we bought the house was getting quotes for railings, we knew it would be expensive and would also take some time to make and install. To the front and side of the house there was just a low wall and people (the postman) would use it as a cut through.  It felt public and not at all like a garden. It was a big job; just for the two sides of the house which face the street, the length is 71m plus three gates!

The railings needed to be galvanised steel and we wanted someone who had an eye for detail. We chose Colway security  who could make and fit the railings in 3 months. This would mean the railings would be fitted at the end of Jan, but when the day came so did the weather.  As we were having the railings fixed into the stone wall the cement needs to be at a certain temperature to set. This meant they could only install 2 sections per day, giving the cement time to harden.


Penraevon before

side garden before


We have opted for some twists with ball tops which mirror the lead detailing on the roof. The gates also echo the arches that we have throughout the exterior and interior of the house.

Penraevon - Spring 2015
Penraevon – Spring 2015

If you live in Yorkshire and want some railings give Ricky Railings a call!  He is a pleasure to work with and we’re thrilled with the end result.245209730

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  1. Avatarsays: Roz Heathcote

    I live in St Marys Road and I am enjoying the blog and hearing you tinkering around when I wake up. Can you tell me what that gable end is as I am sure there was no window tax when it was built. Also can I just say that when the last planning application for a nursery was logged I and others begged for it to be turned back into the house it was. I am thrilled that you are doing this and that we can watch it happen.

    (Blue Citroen C1)

    1. Happenuponsays: Happenupon

      Ahh thank you Roz, can’t wait for the weather to be warmer so we get to meet everyone. The gable on the side of the house is blank I suspect because the original plot with the house was smaller and a few years after the house was built the owner bought the other plot of land ( now all grass) as a garden. If he had not bought it another house would have been built next door (on st Mary’s and laurel mount). This would have meant the gable would have faced a house, but it is only supposition the gable end is in the attic so was only used by the servants. Hope we are not making too much noise! The torments of being a terrier owner he does like to think he is in charge!

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