Victorian Ironwork


There’s something about late Victorian engineering – particularly in their liberal use of ironwork in creating beautifully intricate structures – that truly appeals to me. The harmonious combination of practical strength and ornate decoration in the clever fitting together of smaller cast iron sections to make a visually-spectacular yet functional whole, and the impressive ingenuity of such innovative design makes these long-dead engineers into visionary superheroes in my eyes.

Having just come back from a few days in Brighton, the one-hundred-and-seventeen-year-old ironwork pier still in use today is an obvious example, but even the small but beautifully formed seafront bandstand right opposite our hotel caught my eye. The fancy filigreed fretwork may seem overly fussy by today’s standards, but for me there’s no denying the powerful elegance of its original construction over a century agoΒ  πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Elegant

Discover Challenge: Superhero


14 thoughts on “Victorian Ironwork

  1. Olga September 8, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Beautiful photos, Ruth. The one underneath the pier is quite unique. Seems like an amazing place to visit. ❀

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    • Ruth September 8, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      It’s a surprisingly delicate structure underneath, considering the weight it carries above – so the load-bearing must be calculated just right, as it’s definitely stood the test of time! πŸ™‚

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    • Ruth September 8, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      Glad you like it too! πŸ™‚


  2. Kaine Andrews September 9, 2016 / 3:47 am

    See, I like these photos… But my natural inclinations insist on wanting to see the place at night. Preferably with a nice fog rolling in. There’s something wrong with me… But lovely pics, regardless. πŸ™‚

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  3. True George September 10, 2016 / 11:08 am

    The structures they built back then tend to be more resilient then structures built today

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  4. Joanne Sisco September 20, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Thanks Ruth – this post just made a penny drop for me.
    I’ve recently been admiring some iron gates in a neighbourhood built during the Victorian era. I had no idea it was a historical period thing. I think now I’ll look at them from a different perspective.

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