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History of Traditional Estate Fencing

History of Traditional Estate Fencing

Our history shows that the earliest railings were made of wrought iron with their manufacture made possible through the development of blast furnaces in the 15th century. Early examples can still occasionally be found inside churches. Wrought iron continued to be used right up until the late 19th century when cast iron increased in popularity.

The Victorian period of peace and prosperity bought national self-confidence for Britain. Wealthy estate owners across the country strived for the latest trends. One of the trends was Estate Fencing, contributing to large open rolling parklands this new type of Estate Fencing grew in popularity.

How Traditional Estate Fencing Began

Lords and Ladies were increasingly drawn to the ability of Estate Fencing to run gracefully along the curves of their land, as the thin metal used for its construction would be nigh on invisible to the eye. Wrought and cast-iron Victorian gates and railings soon became a common feature of terraced houses across the country. These installations marked the boundaries of houses from the public highway and added a level of security.

Cast iron was then widely incorporated for making Victorian Gates, Railings, Panels along with other various decorative elements of that era. The components compatible for Estate Fencing were soon transported to the fields, as the fencing had the strength to contain cattle without being visually obtrusive on the landscaped parkland.

Continuous Weld Estate Fencing

Historically, fencing was manually dug into the ground, fastened together with small iron pegs and hammered into the joints by way of a wedging method. Fencing erected in the 19th century is still in existence, but now reaching the end of its working life.

The welding technique would not arrive on the Estate Fencing market for another 50 years. Until then rails were just fed through prepared holes in the posts. Hence, fence posts were very firmly inserted into the ground!

Here at Miles Henderson the Continuous Weld system is our preferred method of assembling Traditional Estate Fencing. We favour welding fencing joints rather than bolting them, as it increases both strength and appearance of our products. Curves and a smooth finish cannot be accomplished better without Continuous Weld.

Our Continuous Weld Traditional Estate Fencing is durable and lasts a lifetime. Through ongoing development, we have perfected an economical, modern version which is stronger, heavier and virtually maintenance free.

What Next?

Whilst this is a brief overview, just as many period gates and fences were designed to each owner’s taste, our Traditional Estate Fencing & Bespoke Gates are also designed and created according to customer choice. We offer professional experience in producing designs and meeting specific conservation requirements.

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