Although there are a number of things worth railing against in this world, this post is literally about railings. It took me a few years, after moving to Aberdeen, to know why there were these little holes everywhere:
Then a friend mentioned how sad it was that Aberdeen’s iron railings were mostly demolished in the Second World War. Thus all the rows of holes! I’ve noticed that the Victorian iron railings were allowed to stay wherever there was a drop behind. Thus in the above photo, when the wall is low, the railings are gone, but further along at the street corner, where there is a well dropping down to a basement level, the railings are still there to protect people from falling in. (The dangers of the blackout and pea-soup fogs , nevermind German bombs, must have been enough as it was.) I wonder whether the owner of the railings in front of the house that now has a bench was subject to great disapproval for not contributing to the war effort?
There are some streets which still have almost all their railings, simply due to the fact that the buildings have this type of drop behind the railing:
It’s sad to reflect that the rows of holes signify metal that was made into bombs and warships. The rows of holes themselves have sometimes been used to different effect, such as here where a block was later incorporated into a more modern building:
It’s sad to think of the fate of the railings, but then again it’s also nice to move through a more open landscape where not everything is fenced off. The change that I now see happening, and that makes me very sad, is the number of people who convert their front gardens into a concrete parking space. So much greenery is lost, flooding is worse because there’s less earth to soak up the rain, and the birds have less shelter and food. I will now rail: agggghhhhh! City Council do you not see what you are doing by allowing this?!!!!