Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Tan Kim Seng Fountain in Singapore made by Andrew Handyside.

Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of decorative fountains, they were renowned for their high quality and much sort after around the world. Many examples of their work are still in use today. These fountains were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

The Britannia Foundry established its reputation with ornamental fountains and vases well before
embarking on bridges for Victorian Railway mania. Before Andrew Handyside took over the Britannia Iron works in 1846 it was owned by Weatherhead and Glover, they had become well known for their fine decorative iron work which Handyside developed even further.

One such ornate fountain is located on Esplanade Park in Singapore. It was built in Derby about Tan Kim Seng donated $13,000 in 1857 towards building Singapore's first public waterworks to ensure a better supply of fresh water to the town. The Tan Kim Seng Fountain was erected by the Municipal Commissioners to commemorate Tan's donation. The fountain was installed in 1882 in Fullerton Square to perpetuate his name. The fountain was then moved to Battery Road in 1905 and later in 1925 to the Esplanade Park where it now stands as you can see the the photographs below.

This particular design of fountain is listed as Design Number 16 on Page 13 of the 1879 publication "An Illustrated book of Designs for Fountains and Vases, costing from £1 to £1200 manufactured by Andrew Handyside".

Photograph of Kim Seng Fountain :
Tan Kim Seng Fountain
Photograph by Chooyutshing.

Close up detail of a water spout on this fountain :
Tan Kim Seng fountain sculpture
Photograph by Pancy98.

Photographs of the fountain at night:
Tan Kim Seng Fountain
Photograph by Pancy98.

statues on fountain
Photograph by Pancy98.

Videos of this fountain at night, Videos by Pancy98. :


Close up video of the fountain:


This particular design of fountain can be found in several locations throughout the globe.
If you know of one that I have not mentioned yet or not marked on my Andrew Handyside map then please get in touch.

Thanks
Andy

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Nottingham Railway Station structure built by Andrew Handyside in 1903

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made the Structural steelwork and cast-ironwork for many Railway Stations around the world and they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works". Some of their railway stations are still in use today while others have been converted into buildings for a different function.

One of the best examples of their work near to Derby is Nottingham Railway Station, Next time you use this station have a look for the Handyside badges which you will find at the bottom of every roof support column in this station. Its hard to avoid seeing the Handyside logo as they are everywhere.

Nottingham Railway Station was built 1903-1904 by AE Lambert for the Midland Railway Company. Structural steelwork and cast-ironwork was supplied by Andrew Handyside & Company and some ironwork also by The Phoenix Foundry (see their logo on the staircase iron work)
This station is absolutely plastered in Handyside badges!, there are about four rows of 23 roof support columns and each of those has two Handyside badges on them so that's 184 Handyside badges.
My Photograph of Nottingham Railway Station showing the Handyside roof and support columns.
This view is of the railway line nearest to Station Street.
Nottingham Station

Photograph of a Handyside badge at the bottom of one the roof supports :
Nottingham ironwork 2
Photograph by Ben Coulson.

Thanks
Andy

Monday, 21 February 2011

Cardiff Market built by Andrew Handyside in 1891.

Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of roofs for buildings incorporating ornate ironwork such as this one here in Cardiff Market also known as Cardiff Central Market.
The market was designed by the Borough Surveyor, William Harpur, and opened in May 1891.
Cardiff Market is "Marchnad Caerdydd" in Welsh.


Excellent HDR photograph showing the Handyside roof of Cardiff Market.
Indoor Market Cardiff
Photograph by Softfun.

Another photograph of Cardiff's Victorian Market.



Cardiff Market 4

Photograph of the entrance to Cardiff's Victorian Market.
Cardiff Market
Photograph by stv.

Click here to see this location on my Andrew Handyside World Map.

For more information on Cardiff Market visit their website : www.cardiff-market.co.uk


My Reference :
A book called Cardiff Central Market 1891-1991 by Philip Riden (Published 1991).

If you know of any Handyside buildings that I have not mentioned yet then please get in touch with details and photographs.

Thanks
Andy

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Handyside Blacksmith's Forge at Underfall Yard workshops in Bristol.

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of other items such as
Machine tools, Printing Presses, Hydraulic and pneumatic riveters and Forges and they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

At Underfall Yard workshops in Bristol you will find a row of forges in the dock maintenance workshop that were made by Andrew Handyside. See the photograph below.

Photograph of a No5 Handyside Blacksmiths Forge at Underfall Yard workshop, Bristol.
Blacksmith's Forge
Photograph by Anachrocomputer.

Photograph of a No2 Handyside Blacksmiths Forge at Underfall Yard workshop, Bristol.


If you would like to visit then here is their website : www.underfallboatyard.co.uk
Or learn more on Wikipedia.

Can you help find more Handyside items?
This was quite a lucky find, Do you know of any other Handyside equipment such as this out there?
If so then please get in touch with details and photographs.

Thanks
Andy

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Handyside Drinking fountain, horse-trough and lamp standard in Ilkeston Market Place built in 1889

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of Drinking Fountains?
I doubt many people are aware of this fact that they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

This three-in-one item is a Drinking fountain, horse-trough and lamp standard which was installed on Ilkeston Market Place in 1889.
Made by Andrew Handyside Ltd at a cost of £46, it was was donated to the town of Ilkeston to commemorate the creation of Ilkeston Borough in 1887.
The Ilkeston drinking fountain was restored in 1980 and again in 2008.
The fountain was Grade II listed on 6 November 1986.

It consists of a Drinking fountain on the front (aiming towards St Marys church), A Horse trough around other three sides and in the middle is a lamp standard with twisted column and top branching to three lanterns.
See the lights lit up here.

Here is a great photograph of the Ilkeston Fountain taken in 2010
Fountain on the Market Place, Ilkeston
Photograph by Redrickshaw.

And another photograph of the fountain, this one shows the detail of the drinking fountain water spout and also the "A. Handyside & Co Ltd" badge just above the water line.
The Newly Restored Horse Trough and Fountain , Ilkeston Market Place , July 23rd , 2008 [100_2210 ]
Photograph by Lenton Sands.

A close up of the Handyside badge after restoration (2011):
A Handyside badge on Ilkeston fountain

Next time you visit Ilkeston go and have a look at this fountain, you can't miss it as its on the Market Place. There is another Handyside item in Ilkeston which I will be blogging about very soon so watch this space.

Click here to see this location on my Andrew Handyside World Map.

Thanks
Andy

Friday, 18 February 2011

Black Handyside pillar box inside the business design centre, Islington, London. A Queen Victoria model.

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made thousands of England's iconic red pillar boxes? I doubt many people are aware of this fact that they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

This odd coloured Handyside Pillar Box is located inside the business design centre, Islington, London. Notice how the makers name "A. Handyside and Co of Derby and London" has been emphasised.

You may be asking yourself why is this post box inside a building, well the business design centre used to be the Royal Agricultural Hall which has a Single span Iron Roof that was manufactured in Derby by Andrew Handyside. It was built in 1862.

Photograph of the black Handyside Pillar Box.This Queen Victoria model was made before 1901.


Victorian pillarbox by Handyside
Photograph by Suzigun.

Look out for a future post about the former Royal Agricultural Hall made by A. Handyside.
More info on this building as it is today:  www.businessdesigncentre.co.uk

Thanks
Andy

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Whatstandwell Railway Station Footbridge made by Andrew Handyside in 1894.

Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made many hundreds of bridges of many different sizes around the world and also locally such as this one at Whatstandwell Railway Station in Derbyshire.
If you use the footbridge at Whatstandwell railway station then you may not realise that this footbridge was made by Andrew Handyside 117 years ago!
In 2009 this bridge was restored and is looking great now as you can see in my photographs.

My Photograph of the restored Whatstandwell Station Footbridge made by Andrew Handyside.
Whatstandwell Footbridge stairs and bridge


Next time you use this footbridge take some time to look around at the construction of this bridge.
The Handyside logos can be found on lots of the ironwork, such as at the bottom of all support columns and cross members of the first stairs platform as per my photograph here.

My Photograph of a "A. Handyside & Co Ltd" badge on Whatstandwell Station Footbridge.
Andrew Handyside badge on Whatstandwell Footbridge

Interactive Virtual Reality Photograph
My 360x180 Degree Virtual Reality Photograph of Whatstandwell Railway Station Footbridge.
Use your mouse to control the view you see.
Download Adobe Flash to display this panorama.

If you like the above 360 then you may like my high resolution fullscreen version here:
Higher Resolution 360 VR Photograph of Whatstandwell Railway Station Footbridge.


Can you help find more Handyside stuff ?
If anyone out there knows of any other footbridges at railway stations bearing the Handyside badge that I have not mentioned yet then please get in touch with details, location, photographs etc.

Thanks
Andy

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Andrew Handyside Drinking Fountain at Matlock Bath.

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of Drinking Fountains?
I doubt many people are aware of this fact that they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

This particular drinking fountain was made in Derby by Andrew Handyside in 1881. It is located on the A6 in Matlock Bath opposite the fish pond, The actual fish pond that is rather than the Fish Pond pub.
The design of the drinking fountain is the same at their standard Midland Railway Station design but it has the addition of an animal drinking trough at the base.
I have driven past this fountain for many years but until now had never walked up to see it.

History of this fountain as stated on a plaque to the left of the fountain.
This fountain was erected in 1881 below the now-demolished Royal Hotel, which occupied the area now forming the Temple Road car park.The fountain was restored in 1917 to commermorate the first meeting of Scout leaders in thsi area, held at the Royal Hotel, attended by Lord Baden-Powell. It was again restored in 1935 for King George V's Silver Jubilee.Following reclamation of the surrounding area, it was moved to its current position in 1986, the year of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th birthday. All works were undertaken by the Derbyshire Dales District Council Community program.

My Photograph of the Matlock Bath Drinking Fountain
Andrew Handyside Drinking Fountain in Matlock Bath.

My Photograph of the makers badge "A. Handyside & Co" located at the top of the Drinking fountain :
Andrew Handyside makers badge on Matlock Bath Drinking Fountain

This is one of many, both practical and decorative fountains produced at the Britannia Iron Works in Derby by Andrew Handyside and Company.

Next time you visit Matlock Bath take some time to walk up from the hustle bustle of the parade to take a look at this fountain.

Thanks
Andy

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Friar Gate Bridge - Long Exposure night time photograph of this structure.

Back in October 2010 when it was announced that the bridge was going to be covered in netting I made a point of going out to take lots of photographs of Friar Gate Bridge before the look of it was ruined forever.
Some of the photographs I took were at night using a long exposure time to capture the light trails of cars driving under the bridge.

Here is one such photograph, I took this photograph using my old Olympus C5050Z set to full manual control. The exposure time is 0.77s I did a quick rough and ready clean up and selective desaturation of the view to create something which I liked the look of.

I have a better version of this in which I spent a lot of time cleaning up the bridge, which I turned into a nice looking large framed print for Christmas.

If you like my photograph then please leave some comments to this post and the reasons why you like it.

Friar Gate Bridge at night by Andy Savage.

Friar Gate Bridge at night with Light Trails from car headlights.


Hope you like my unusual photograph of one of Derby's most iconic Victorian structures.
Andy

Saturday, 12 February 2011

A Handyside pillar box in Oakwood, Derby. A King Edward VII model.

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made thousands of Englands iconic red pillar boxes? I doubt many people are aware of this fact that they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

There is a great looking one in Oakwood, Derby. Perhaps you have driven past it and never given it a thought. It looks like it was probably restored at some point in the past as the paint is in very good condition.
This one would have been manufactured between 1901 and 1910.

Here is a photograph I took of the King Edward VII model Handyside Pillar Box in Oakwood, Derby.

Handyside post box on Bishop's Drive, Oakwood

There are only three pillar boxes made by Handyside left standing in Derby (as far as I know).
If you spot one in Derby that is made by Handyside then please leave a comment to this post.

If you  would like to learn more about Pillar Boxes then I found a very good little video about this which in included in my Andrew Handyside Video Playlist here.

Andy

Friday, 11 February 2011

Friar Gate Bridge covered in safety netting.

In early December 2010 Derby City Council had to cover Frair Gate Bridge in netting amid concerns that parts of the bridge could come loose !
"Debris containment netting" was installed which will stop pedestrians and motorists getting hit by bits of iron work should they fall of it.

If you have not seen how the bridge looks now then here are two photographs I too recently.

Friar Gate Bridge netting Feb 2011

And another of Friar Gate Bridge covered in netting  :

Friar Gate Bridge netting Feb 2011

Its a real shame that funding has not been found yet to get this bridge restored.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Videos featuring items manufactured in Derby at the Britannia Iron works.

For those of you who don't know, Britannia Iron Works was where Andrew Handyside manufactured bridges, Fountains, Post Boxes etc. The foundry was located adjacent to the River Derwent where today Rivermead House Stands.
Want more info then view my map showing Britannia Iron Works location.
I have created a dedicated playlist on YouTube of videos that feature items that have been made in Derby.
You will find all sorts of stuff  in my collection

Click the link here to see the collection.
Video collection featuring items made by Andrew Handyside.

Findhorn Viaduct
Here is one of my favourites showing a train going across a bridge made in Derby 114 years ago !
This short video features a stunning bit of engineering by Handyside, That of Findhorn Viaduct in Tomatin, Scotland, UK.
This bridge was manufactured in Derby at the Britannia Iron Works by Andrew Handyside ltd and company in 1897.
It has seven spans of 130 foot and two spans of 125 foot. A total length of 1,160 foot. It weighs 1,730 Tons.
The engineers on this project were Sir John Fowler, Bart., K.C.M.G., M. Inst. C.E. Murdoch Paterson, Esq., M. Inst. C.E., Inverness.

My Reference information for this is :
Page 11 of Steel & Iron Structures Made and erected by Andrew Handyside & Co Ltd of Derby and London. Published 1904.



Hope you enjoy all the Andrew Handyside videos I have collected here.
If you live near something made by Handyside and are able to make a video on YouTube then please get in touch and I will add it to my collection.

Thanks
Andy

Friar Gate Bridge and Andrew Handyside.


Welcome to my first ever blog post on the Friar Gate Bridge Blog. 
I decided to create this dedicated blog to compliment my Friar Gate Bridge feature on www.derbyphotos.co.uk, This will enable me to get content online quickly that relates to this bridge. I may still post some Friar Gate bridge items on my main blog but the blog here is entirely dedicated to the bridge and Andrew Handyside.

If you live in Derby then, I am sure you are aware that the bridge is in a very poor state at the moment. 
In December 2010 the council had to cover the bridge in a protective netting to contain any possible bits of falling iron work from the rotting structure.

In summer 2010 I started researching the manufacturer of the bridge and have unearthed so much interesting information that I will be publishing on here in time. I have invested many hundreds of hours of my spare time into cataloguing and documenting as much information as possible.

Hopefully once I have collated all the information it will make the people of Derby realise just how important this bridge is and also how important the Company Andrew Handyside Ltd was to not only the City of Derby but the World !!
You will end up very proud of this man and all he has achieved.

Keep your eye on this blog to see how it develops, why not follow me.

Thanks
Andy