Conservation & Repair


Door Furniture

  • 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)

Letter Plates

  • 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


Door numbers

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.

Comments (12)

  1. Patrick

    Hello we are finally doing a kitchen renovation and I am trying to keep things in an original style. Would you know any custom kitchen builders that have done work in Warner flats?

    • exwarnerproject

      I don’t I’m afraid, if you’re on Facebook, try the ‘Walthamstow Recommends’ group.

  2. shamus lacey

    im in the process of restoring my front door back to the original. this is all going well. I’m stuck trying to find the font for the flat number on the glass above the front door.
    can anyone help?

  3. Laurie


    I’m planning to restore the original Warner floorboards when I get the keys to my new place later this month. Can anyone tell me what wood the original boards are made of? Thank you!

  4. Paul Tasker

    Hello, does anybody know what kind of glass was used above the door with the Clarendon-style font for the number? I’ve heard it called “smoked glass” but wouldn’t know how to order such a vague description but I’ve also seen on some Warner properties a kind of grid design in gold and an umber-like colour.

    Any steers gratefully received,
    Paul in Warner Road, E17

    • exwarnerproject

      hi Paul, I don’t know the type of glass I’m afraid but suspect it would be hard to source the same now. Will let you know if we find anything out. Lucy

  5. Lesley


    Hey All,
    I’m in the midst of making a lovely old Warner my new home. I want to install a double ender cast iron bath tub. Anyone know anything about the floors in Warners? Would the bathroom be sturdy enough to take a cast iron tub, some water and a person?


    • exwarnerproject

      hi Lesley, some of the upstairs flats did have cast iron baths put in probably in the 1950s so probably ok although best to consult a builder before going ahead. Good luck!

  6. Lesley

    Hi there, just saw this
    Thank you!
    My builder says yes. Structural Engineer comes Monday for the official ok
    fingers crossed please!