SOURCING ORIGINAL WARNER ESTATE FEATURES
- Victorian/Edwardian door furniture on the Warner Estate was ornate in style and manufactured in cast iron by Archibald Kenrick & Sons in West Bromwich. It was painted in black enamel paint (‘japanned’).
- Post-WWI dwellings had simpler styles which combined the letter box and knocker in one
- The Kenrick No. 405 style knocker was used extensively across the Warner Estate
- Other original styles include the Kenrick No. 333 (‘barley twist’ style, found on some properties on Warner Road) and a plainer style (No. 399) at the top of Leucha Road
- Original knockers are available on eBay and Cast In Style sell good reproductions of No. 405 (Code C30)
- Original letter plates include the Kenrick No. 8 and a similar style with a more rounded top, however they are relatively hard to source and have small openings for post
- An alternative is a Kenrick No. 4 letter box. While it wasn’t used on the Warner Estate, it is of the correct period and has a larger opening. Reproductions are available at Cast in Style (Code D418 or D3651)
Doors & Paint
- The majority of Victorian/Edwardian front doors were five-panel, with the top four panels glazed
- Original doors are sometimes available from All Doors, 248 Lea Bridge Road, E10 7LN
- They should ideally be painted in the original Warner scheme of ‘brilliant green’ picked out in cream. The specialist hard-wearing fade-resistant gloss paint was supplied by Leighs Paints in Bolton (standard formula paints generally will not retain their original green hue and will fade to a blue or yellow tone). The paint can be purchased from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings, who acquired Leighs: C530 Single Pack Alkyd Quick Drying High Gloss in BSC369 (cream) and R3113 (‘superfast brilliant green 101’)
- Owen, Michael, Antique Cast Iron, Littlehampton, 1977
- Osborne, Guy, Leucha Road Conservation Area, LBWF, 2005
© Kirstin Sibley 2014
We are often contacted regarding the original painted numbers on the fan lights above the doors. Although hand painted numbers may not match a contemporary font exactly, many people have found that Clarendon works well with a drop shadow. They can be produced in adhesive vinyl or a sign writer employed to produced a hand painted version.