Cheshire’s Unique Road Furniture
These black and white and now often badly corroded or damaged railings, are a familiar site to anyone that either lives in Cheshire or has driven through the county.
They are a unique feature of our more rural roads and date back to the mid / late 1920s. The railings were installed at all sharp bends and junctions, possibly to provide a means of stopping vehicles that had lost steering control. The rolled top is an early attempt a crash barrier safety.
There are still many examples around the ‘B’ roads and lanes of Cheshire and still more can been seen knitted into hedging after years of neglect. Cheshire councils have never replaced these railings and have no plans to install similar alternatives, so all that still exist are originals and at least 80 years old.
Restored Railings 2022
These recently restored, re-painted and reinstated railings are at the junction of Bonis Hall Lane and London Rd near Prestbury. They are the original railings from the site but the positioning and general layout has been altered significantly. When the junction was being built the construction team removed the railings and put them to one side in a big pile of disassembled components. I’m glad that they were preserved and re installed like this.