If you have walked down Vicars Moor Lane in recent weeks, you may have noticed that the lovely Victorian terrace 70 - 76 Vicars Moor Lane, has acquired intricate iron railings..
The terrace was originally built in 1874, in 'Italianate' style, shortly after the coming of the railway and the opening of Winchmore Hill Station. This is a photograph taken circa 1900 and shows that this is how the terrace originally looked.
It was believed that the terrace was built by a father of four children, to accommodate his family. Three of his children were married and were given the larger double fronted houses, with the smaller one occupied by the one that remained single. Whilst the terrace is Grade 2 listed and within the Vicars Moor Conservation area, the cast iron railings were removed during the war, as many were throughout the country, as part of the war effort to stock-pile this material.
There was an attempt to restore the railings in the 1980s but not all the homeowners were prepared to share the cost, but these designs have finally been utilised.
Local architect Simon Lanyon-Hogg was recently commissioned to restore no 72, with a brief to "update the service to C21st standards but retain the historic character and restore where we could". Simon and the current owner were able to persuade the other property owners to reinstate the railings. To quote Simon "The photo provided good evidence for the character of the railings which fortunately Enfield Council agreed with. That all the owners shared a common ambition to restore the railings was quite remarkable".
"The next stage was to find the right contractor. After the tender process Scott Thomasson of A.F.T Fabrication based in the Isle of Wight. PO33 1BU was appointed along with an IOW stonemason, Duncan Bird, to replace copping stone with Portland Stone. So, all good materials and craftsmanship".
Whilst this restoration would have incurred costs for all the home owners, I am sure most peoople would agree that unifying the terrace once more have been worthwhile, especially in the heart of this conservation area.
For more details about the project contact Simon Lanyon-Hogg here
If you walk down Vicars Moor Lane have you noticed the changes to 70 -76?