Thursday, 9 January 2014

History underfoot (1)

I do find manhole covers rather fascinating - a bit of industrial history beneath our feet, usually made at a local foundry and proudly proclaiming its name. This one is a bit different, as it rather proudly bears the name of its commissioner instead ...

.... unless the Sheffield Corporation had its own foundry of course, which I wouldn't put past them, although I can't find any record.

Hopefully the first of an occasional series as they catch my eye.

(and apologies for it insisting on coming out sideways.)


  1. Manholes, there is a good possibility that this manhole was cast by a company called Guest and Chrimes a very large brass and iron founders, who manufacturerd drainholes and manholes for the worldwide market. In the 70's when I did security at the company, it was like going back into the 1930's, the building was very old and antiquated. The site is now the home of Rotherham United FC and is called the New York Stadium, that is because Guest and Chrimes cast the very first, now familiar to us all, fire hydrants for New York City.

  2. Wow. Thanks for that Adrian.

  3. These covers have been pozzling me too. For more about drains and other street furniture take a look at