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Postby crusty_bint » Thu Apr 22, 2004 4:58 pm

Here are some pics showing the variety of patterns to be found in one street, namely; Queens Drive

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Postby Fossil » Thu Apr 22, 2004 8:52 pm

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Postby crusty_bint » Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:02 pm

Great pic Fossy!! (how can 2 pics of the same place look so different :oops: )
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Postby duncan » Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:37 am

in WWII, a lot of cast iron railings were removed for the war effort, as i'm sure you all know... so why is it some areas seem to have been relatively untouched, while in others it looked like all the railings were removed (and in some cases new railings re-installed years later)? did the 'toffs' get to keep their railings, or what?
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Postby turbozutek » Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:47 am

The 'war effort' with railings was largely propoganda in that cast /wrought iron is pretty USELESS for making guns and mostly useless for making ships.

A lot of railings that were removed were actually returned when the war ended.

Not so the nice victorian bent wrought iron railings that used to adorn my parents house. They are gone for ever.. They look cool in old photos mind.

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Postby AMcD » Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:53 am

Funny it's always the toff parts of town that are relatively untouched ! :)

I can't answer for Glasgow, but the only streets in Kilmarnock that survived with railings intact were in the posh bit. I read in a local history book that those streets were allowed to keep their railings because they were on route to the cattle market, and they used to herd the cattle along the roads there and had to keep them out the gardens !
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Postby turbozutek » Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:55 am

My parents are over in Dundonald Rd, which I think if prolly the 'posh' bit of kilmarnock!!

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Postby AMcD » Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:59 am

Aye posh right enough...

The street the book mentioned was McLelland Drive, and if I remember right a lot of North/South Hamilton St still have railings.
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Postby David M » Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:45 pm

As I understand it it started as a 'voluntary' PR effort, then became obligatory unless you could justify it for safety reasons. They were supposed to leave a run of samples for reference, but often did not. Many folks put them back after the war, but many did not.

I have been told of the low grade stuff being dumped in the sea, and in the North of England they were dropped into a quarry site. Urban myth perhaps but it's incredible how the built environment has changed and we assume that stumps sticking out of copes is how our streets should look.......don't get me started etc.....!

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Postby crusty_bint » Fri Apr 23, 2004 7:04 pm

amcd wrote:Funny it's always the toff parts of town that are relatively untouched !


Perhaps the reason why so many more railing's seem to have been taken from the less affluent areas is because they were of lesser detail and quality? Even in streets such as Queens Dr in Glasgow (and countless others, particularly in the south-side and west end) you find one or two closes with the original railings and then the next one or two have shitty little wooden fences or even just stumps.

David M wrote:I have been told of the low grade stuff being dumped in the sea, and in the North of England they were dropped into a quarry site.


Maybe the pattern books have gone with them... 8O ghastly 8O !!!
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Postby Sharon » Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:02 pm

Kelvingrove Park

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Postby Sharon » Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:04 pm

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Postby Sharon » Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:06 pm

La Belle Place

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Postby Ronnie » Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:49 pm

I hate to be picky, but the first two pictures from Shazzababes look more like wrought iron than cast iron. 8)
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Postby Fossil » Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:08 pm

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