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Alpha Rail Kennington metal railings have been used on a Victorian residence on Queens Road in London that holds English Heritage blue plaque status.

Harold Moody was a black Jamaican, who came to London in 1904 to study medicine. In the course of studying and living in London, he encountered extensive racial prejudice, directed at himself and at other black people from the British Colonies, who, like him, had come to seek a new life in Britain.


galvanized and powder coated Kennington style railings

Following success in qualifying as a Doctor, and marriage, he set up his home and medical practice at 164 Queens Road in Peckham around 1913. Over the next three decades until his death in 1947, he worked tirelessly to seek equality of opportunity for black people in Britain and the Colonies, and to create a climate for better understanding, tolerance and good relations between white and black people. He founded the League of Coloured peoples, which was open to white as well as black people. In WW2, he persuaded the War office to open up Commissions in the British Army to black servicemen and women from the Colonies, probably his finest and most far-reaching achievement.

His residence at 164 Queens Road in Peckham, is commemorated by a blue plaque, installed by English Heritage, in 1995. A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event.

Following an application by a local resident to the council’s Cleaner Greener Safer programme, Southwark Council awarded funding. This has allowed new metal railings to be installed, in order to replace the missing originals that had been removed in the early 20th Century, and thereby restore the street frontage as close as possible to its appearance during Dr. Moody’s residence.

galvanized and powder coated Kennington style railings

Working to a tight budget, the project manager and the resident wanted to use a pattern of metal railings that would look in keeping with the Mid-Victorian building and front garden wall.

After considering various patterns, and bespoke solutions, it was decided that Alpha Rail’s Kennington metal railings fitted the purpose perfectly.

In total, Alpha Rail manufactured and installed 14 linear metres of Kennington metal railings which were supplied galvanized and polyester powder coated black RAL 9005. The Kennington is an enhanced version of the standard vertical bar railing and features square infill bars and pointed finials, which can, if required, be powder-coated in a range of colours.

Commenting, Lewis White, Project Manager from Southwark Council Community Projects team said, “I am extremely glad that we selected Alpha Rail’s Kennington pattern railings, which are totally right for this setting.

The railings are installed in 7 matching bays, on top of the low wall along the street frontage, extending to fill the space between the original pillars that had been left when the old railings had been removed.

galvanized and powder coated Kennington style railings

The solid posts with tapered cast finials, and smaller-scaled finials to each bar, make this a high-quality design—and it is also made really well, and was accurately installed, spot-on, correct down to the last millimetre!

I am very pleased with the way Alpha Rail managed the project, from my initial telephone enquiry, through to completion. The entire project has worked out really well.

The quotation from Alpha rail was excellent value for the very reasonable price, and I was delighted to be able to meet my design objectives in full, within budget, and within a very short timescale from enquiry to completion, by using Alpha Rail.

A really good project, which has restored and positively transformed the appearance of Dr. Moody’s former home, and which has been well-received by the public. I will certainly be recommending Alpha Rail to my colleagues.”