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image 1With the development of industrialisation ironwork became mass produced from the 1820's. Due to it malleable nature it became a popular choice as a material that can be used creatively for external household features.

The Georgian home would often have iron foot scrapers, lanterns, flame snuffer and later towards the Regency period a desirable feature would have been an iron balcony or window guard.

The Victorian and Edwardians continued with the use of iron with hinges, handles, letter boxes, door knockers, railings and gates.



1 1768 guttering 2 1902 guttering 3 Regency porch with ornamental ironwork 4 Edwardian ironwork balcony

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5 Victorian gate 6 Deco gate 7 Arts & Craft door handle 8 door handle

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1 & 2 Georgian foot-scrapers 3 Georgian iron cone snuffer 4 decorated iron work 5 Georgian lantern and bracket

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Ironmongery Products

Architectural Ironmongery: Les Oakes and Sons

Rustic Hand Forged Period Ironmongery: Conquest

Kirkpatrick Ironmongery: Tuscanor

The English Blacksmith Hand Forged Ironmongery

Architectural Ironmongery Restoration: Blackstage Ltd

Broughtons: General Ironmongery


Useful Links to Articles

The History of Wrought Iron

The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron

Ironmongery Blog

An Introduction to Ironworking


Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides


Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

Treasury of Ironwork Designs

Classic Wrought Ironwork Patterns and Designs

Building Doors and Gates








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