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Cheshire Road Railings

Cheshire Railings
Cheshire Railings

These black and white, and now often badly corroded or damaged railings, are a familiar site to anyone that ether lives in Cheshire or who 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 over 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 exists are originals and at least 80 years old.

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