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Salts Mill Saltaire Bradford – A Project Completed

TOPP & Co. have completed the task of removing the old heavy cast iron panels from site, repairing and refitting broken finials, refurbishing the panels and returning them to site. Salts Mill is a former textile …

September 2016

Ironwork should not just be black!

One of National Heritage Ironwork Group's (NHIG) goals is to educate those outside of the fields of conservation, who may have stewardship of historic ironwork, about the importance of proper treatment of decorative ironwork, including …

September 2016

Wrought Iron Technical & Specification Downloads

Whilst a commercial operation TOPP & Co. endeavours to provide both education and technical advice on historic ironwork in order to raise awareness and raise the standard of restoration and thereby preserve an important part of …

September 2016

What is Wrought Iron?

Wrought iron is actually a material, not a descriptive term for items made in iron. Wrought iron is the forgeable, ferrous material made until about the mid-twentieth century that has been replaced by modern mild …

September 2016

NHIG Heritage Ironwork Seminar – Ferrous Metals in Heritage Ironwork

NHIG have announced they will be holding a one day seminar on Friday 11th November 2016 at The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Topics to be discussed include - How iron is made Ferrous metals Repair Methods Price: £45 including lunch and all refreshments (£35 students). …

September 2016

Wormistourne House Balustrade

This traditionally made external steel balustrading was recently installed at Wormistourne House - Scotland. More information and finished pictures of this project will be uploaded soon.

August 2016

Reproducing new cast iron railings from old photographs

We have recently finished making and installing these cast iron railings for the Rhodes Building at Oriel College in Oxford. The railings are to reinstate Champneys originals previously running across the front of the building, …

August 2016

Shrewsbury Cathedral

We are pleased to be working once again for Shrewsbury Cathedral, this time replicating a brass candlestick.  

August 2016

Working with Genuine Puddled Wrought Iron

Puddled iron is a mixture of nearly pure iron with up to 5% siliceous (glassy) slags, which take the form of linear fibres - giving the metal its characteristic grain. Puddled iron is for the …

August 2016

New Guidelines for Projects Using Mild Steel

TOPP & Co. have recently issued a set of guidelines for making new items, such as gates and railings, in mild steel using the skills of the blacksmith and the traditional techniques. Cost is often an issue …

August 2016