The following are links to useful guidance materials for anyone involved with heritage ironwork. Some are free to download, others are available to purchase.
On occasion the NHIG is able to pool together advice from industry experts to help with specific ironwork queries. The responses to these queries and the original questions can also be found here.
If you are looking for information on how to tell if ironwork has been traditionally manufactured, Proctor Taylor and Topp & Co. have kindly made the following guidance available.Forged-vs-fabricated.pdf (.pdf)
The Reverend Alan Walker of St. Jude on the Hill in Hampstead, contacted us about some fascinating screens in his church.
My church has some extensive wrought iron screens and gates inscribed “Mathias Heit Schloser Meister 1710”. They are used as parclose screens to the high altar and gates to the adjacent chapels.They appear to have been given to the church shortly after its opening in 1910/1911 but we have no other information.We are thinking about moving them, but feel we should try to learn something about them before we do so.
Would you be able to direct towards an appropriate body or scholar who can help us with this?
Chris Topp commented that they are “a superb example of what could easily be very ancient German ironwork.” In this instance the NHIG was not able to find any specific information about the creator, but pointed Rev. Walker in the direction of the The State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology in Germany.
English Heritage’s publication, Metals, part of the ten volume Practical Building Conservation series? This volume deals with the conservation of a group of materials that have been used in buildings for everything from structural components and fixings to weatherproofing, repairs, and decoration. It covers both the iron-based and the non-ferrous metals (such as copper, bronze and lead), in each case considering technological evolution, deterioration processes, and the practical application and long-term implications of the common conservation materials and methods.
Inform Guide – Finials and Terminals; conservation, repair and maintenance, published by Historic Scotland in 2008Finials and Terminals (.pdf)
Inform Guide – Fireplaces; conservation, repair and maintenance, published by Historic Scotland in 2008Fireplaces (.pdf)
Inform Guide – Boundary Ironwork. Conservation, repair and maintenance, published by Historic Scotland in November 2005Boundary Ironwork: A guide to re-instatement (.pdf)
The Maintenance of Cast Iron Rainwater Goods, published by Historic Scotland in January 2007The Maintenance of Cast Iron Rainwater Goods (.pdf)
Care and Maintenance of Corrugated Iron. Conservation, repair and maintenance guidance, published by Historic Scotland in 2008Care and Maintenance of Corrugated Iron (.pdf)
Maintenance of Iron Gates and Railings. Conservation, repair and maintenance by Historic Scotland, 2007The maintenance of Iron Gates and Railings (.pdf)
The Repair of Wrought and Cast Ironwork. This publication gives an introduction to the repair and maintenance of traditional domestic ironwork (both cast and wrought) such as gates and railings. It would be of interest to homeowners, but also provides a good basic introduction for heritage professionals, architects and other specifiers.