What is Wrought Iron

What is Wrought Iron

Wrought iron is an iron alloy with a very low carbon (0.1 to 0.25) content in contrast to cast iron, and has fibrous inclusions, known as slag. This is what gives it a “grain” resembling wood, which is visible when it is etched or bent to the point of failure. Wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductile and easily welded. Historically, it was known as “commercially ... Read More »

Interesting Facts about Wrought Iron

With beginnings as early as 13th Century France and England, wrought iron furniture achieved great popularity in the 1930s. While some styles have only changed slightly, it has remained a mainstay of gardens and lawns in many parts of the world. Newer pieces are still manufactured but collecting wrought iron is also popular. The early American pieces of wrought ... Read More »

Historic Urban Buildings and Their Settings

Historic Urban Buildings and Their Settings Nicola Adams Queen Square, Bristol, until recently a busy main road It has long been recognised that rural gardens, landscapes and estates form an intrinsic part of the significance and architectural value of the historic buildings they surround. While the settings of smaller vernacular buildings may still be threatened ... Read More »

The Reconstruction of Coombe Cliffe Conservatory

The Reconstruction of Coombe Cliffe Conservatory Geoffrey Wallis This fine example of Victorian modular construction using high quality decorative cast iron components was originally built as an attached extension to the Horniman family house at Coombe Cliffe, Croydon, in 1894. The castings in grey cast iron were from the then prolific output of Walter Macfarlane’s ... Read More »

Restoration of Antique Wrought Ironwork

Restoration of Antique Wrought Ironwork Don Barker The restoration of ironwork involves the repair or re-instatement of corroded or damaged components as distinct from ‘preservation’ which involves the arrest of corrosion and the maintenance of the article in its current state. The latter is normally only carried out on museum quality ironwork and is not ... Read More »