Saturday, 12 March 2011

Cheshire Railings...................Road Safety in 1929

Cheshire Railings
The black and white wrought iron fences at road junctions and bends in Cheshire have been a unique and distinctive road safety feature of the local highways since 1929. Time, neglect and road accidents have taken their toll and many of these fences will never be replaced.

Neglected Railings near Lymm
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 Maintained Railings at Whitegate...
... and High Legh
As Cheshire is a county of wealth (unfortunately not me) thankfully some of our more responsible village communities have taken pride of their local landscape and heritage and some of the existing railings have been maintained or replaced. New build housing estates are adding the black and white railings to give  them the..."Cheshire look" 

New Railings at Appleton nr Warrington

15 comments:

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew...A nice quaint and charming feeling to "the Cheshire Look"!!
Interesting post...I would hope that this would be continued into the future as a reminder of the past!!
It's to bad that some of it is not being cared for!!
I have to say I am very envious of those Daffodils that are about ready to burst into bloom!! That's a tease!! lol : }

Thanks for another interesting history lesson!!

Gary said...

Great insight into the area Andrew. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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Adam Tilt said...

Interesting post Andrew. I always think it's such a shame that pieces of our heritage get lost forever due to neglect and lack of foresight by our councils.

Stewart M said...

Its remarkable what you remember that you have forgotten about! Not see fences like this is a long while - not sure they are limited to Cheshire!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

John S. Mead said...

Very interesting! I love learning how different nations & cultures go about addressing some of the same issues in new & unique ways. Human ingenuity at work!

EmptyNester said...

I like the look of the fences---too bad they aren't all maintained. We have many small southern towns with buildings that are just falling apart- sad.

Maria Berg said...

Ooooo you have the daffodils already - I can not wait until spring is here!!

Hilke Breder said...

Nice photos. Their looks improved with time and neglect!

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Hmmm...pretty sure that "railing" won't meet today's safety standards!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Congratulations to all!! (And wow more beautiful daffodills.

Tracy Pierre said...

The railings are a unique trademark, I must say. People often take these railings for granted since they believe maintenance is the responsibility of the authorities. But safety is everyone's responsibility!

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JohnS said...

Just been planning a new wildlife garden to sit behind a new house I'm having built on the Wirral just inside the Cheshire border. The house is being built using a green-oak frame and will made to look 300-400 years old with a cottage garden at the front. I've always liked the railings I've seen around the Cheshire lanes and thought to incorporate that look into the design. By way of starting my search I typed 'Cheshire railings' into Google wondering if it would recognize the term. Brought me straight to your site, so I've learn't all I need to know to convince me to carry on with the idea.