Users' questions

What is a Victorian staircase?

What is a Victorian staircase?

Victorian-Era foyers tended to be rather narrow and deep. The most prominent feature of a Victorian staircase is a very large starting newel. Victorian newels would have been either turned on a lathe, or, most commonly, built as an octagon.

Why are Victorian stairs dangerous?

Made too narrow and too steep, with irregular steps, the servants’ staircase was a deadly construction. Add the weight of carrying trays or the complication of long skirts, and the stairs could easily prove fatal.

How many stairs require a rail?

Do I need stair railing? If your home has three or fewer steps, there’s no need to install a handrail. However, homes having four or more stairs must have a rail mounted on at least one side if the stairway is less than 44 inches wide. If one edge of the stairwell is open, that’s where the handrail must be.

Can you put rail on stairs?

In order to be safe, handrails for stairs must be anchored securely to the wood framing behind the drywall or plaster. Mark every stud along the stairs plus one beyond the top and bottom risers. You’ll decide later which ones to use. Studs aren’t always where you want them.

What was it like to ride a train in the Victorian era?

Traveling on Victorian trains is oftentimes romanticized, however, this could not be further from the truth. Many were frightened to ride the railway, as threats of accidents scared potential passengers. Derailments and accidents on the early railways were prevalent, as with all new advancements, little was known about the budding industry.

How much money was spent on the Victorian Railways?

In Victorian times, Britain’s railway network grew rapidly. In the 1840s ‘Railway Mania’ saw a frenzy of investment and speculation. £3 billion was spent on building the railways from 1845 to 1900.

What kind of railings are used in Victorian homes?

We can also get bespoke cast iron railings made to customer requirements – please contact us for more information. A selection of designs for beautiful Victorian railings or balustrading in cast aluminium and powder coated for a durable… These steel gate posts can be used to hang our pedestrian or driveway gates.

When did the first train run in the UK?

The first successful railway locomotive train ran in 1804 and Stephenson’s Rocket was designed in 1829. Railways then started to expand across the UK. Eventually the railway reached Cambridge during the Victorian Era, in July 1845.