Unearthing Industrial York

Railing finials made by the foundry and found during the excavation

Although York is not known for its industrial past, the city supported a number of different manufacturing industries in the 19th century. Of these, the iron industry has left the greatest mark on our modern street-scape, with numerous products of the York foundries still surviving around the city in the form of street furniture (lamp posts, drain covers, gates and railings, etc) as well as fire places and kitchen ranges inside private and public buildings.

British Museum railings by John WalkerYork Archaeological Trust has excavated one of the major foundry sites on Walmgate and found numerous items of ironwork, including part finished products and tools. To help identify more of the fragments from the excavation, this project is initiating a survey of the ironwork surviving around the city. Drawing together these two strands of evidence has great potential to thrown new light on the iron industry in York.



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Unearthing Industrial York by R.S. Cubitt



  • Decorative ironwork on display at York Archaeological Trust's Resource Centre.
  • Detailed close up.
  • The gates at the British Musuem.
  • Excavations of the Walker foundry at Dixon's Yard at the time of the YAT excavations in 2004.
  • Part of a range or oven made by the foundry. One of several highly decorated plates.
  • One of the railing final designs of the foundry and one of the objects from the excavation.
  • One of railings at Priory Street Baptist Church, Priory street.
  • The ironwork survey team on St Saviourgate.
  • The cover of an article written by Malden and published by YAYAS.