Date or period
May possibly date from 1820, c. 1850 or possibly 1896-7.
Archaeological Priority Zone.
Group value with the Lea Bridge and the adjacent Waterworks Headquarters building.
Good. The sections have been repaired, brackets have been strengthened and some sections replicated.
After further research, consider national listing.
Incorporate into a Conservation Area.
They have certainly been altered, apparently to connect into the bridge of 1990. The railings do not appear to fully ‘belong’ to the Waterworks. A photograph of 1890 shows the 1802 bridge with apparent iron open railings and open stanchion posts.
In 1855, the road commissioners allowed the Waterworks Company to fill in the ditch between the road and their works and sold to them the toll house garden for the entrance to the works by the bridge. This may be the point at which the boundary railings are newly formed, or the existing railings to the bridge of 1820 are reconfigured.
The sections have been repaired, brackets have been strengthened and some sections replicated.Heavy cast iron railings in a decorative but robust design. Lattice design and finials mounted on unusual iron posts with an open trellis design and decorative caps. Railings of iron in a. Heavy cast iron panels with a hexagonal lattice design topped by finials and mounted upon and unusual iron posts with an open trellis design and decorative caps.
If the railings are part of the 1820 iron bridge then they represent a rare survival and an important fragment of an earlier bridge building phase, pre-dating the bridge of 1896-7.