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Waterworks railings

Railings to the Thames Water Depot lining Lea Bridge Road (c.1853)

P1030789

Details

Ownership

Clancy Dowcra.

Date or period

May possibly date from 1820, c. 1850 or possibly 1896-7.

Current Designation

Archaeological Priority Zone.

Group Value

Group value with the Lea Bridge and the adjacent Waterworks Headquarters building.

Condition

Good. The sections have been repaired, brackets have been strengthened and some sections replicated.

Future Conservation

After further research, consider national listing.

Incorporate into a Conservation Area.

The railings certainly line the boundary of the Waterworks of 1890, or possibly as early as 1850. They may possibly be the parapet railings of the approach ramp to the Lea Bridge of 1820.The railings may have been retained or placed at the current location at the demolition of the 1820 bridge in 1896-7.The railings may have been retained or placed at the current location at the demolition of the 1820 bridge in 1896-7.

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 adecorative 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.



leabridge.org.uk December 2012
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