Previously trading as Stonebank Ironcraft (We bought Britannia Architectural Metalwork and merged the 2 companies together).
We specialise in fabricating and installing traditional continuous welded Estate fencing. We are a team of dedicated engineers providing a personal and professional service to clients throughout the UK & Europe.
We can therefore directly control the quality of our work and take responsibility for the high standard of each project. Estate fencing (or Parkland railing) is a unique combination of ornamental, practical and traditional design.
We understand the role a fence can play in creating and developing a garden or landscape and offer a highly personalised service working closely with clients, often over a period of years. We work with some of leading Landscape architects and garden designers and with many of the country’s most prestigious Estates & our fencing, railings and gates have featured in many award-winning gardens and parkland restoration projects.
Estate fencing, ‘park railings’ or ‘parkland fencing’ is traditionally manufactured in wrought iron and has been long associated with country Estates and rural parks. Today, with the exception of some heritage restorations, railings are formed from mild steel, materials primarily sourced in the UK.
Made & installed properly, continuous welded Estate fencing is the strongest most long lasting method of defining field or garden boundaries and retaining stock. It represents a subtle elegance, a fence whose thin continuous welded section less intrusive and much more flexible than other types of fence designs. We manufacture matching estate gates for all types of our fencing.
We also offer bare metal Parkland fencing; a finish we have pioneered. With bare metal fencing, a mild steel fence is untreated and left to weather naturally. The discrete and natural rust colour blends beautifully against a rural backdrop and requires no long term maintenance. Once happy customer commented:
Estate fencing is particularly well suited for deer- Its slim but strong dimensions are much more subtle and less obtrusive than thick timber deer fencing which can sometimes make you feel imprisoned.
As with standard fencing we build deer fencing on site, continuously welded for maximum strength and sinuous line. We make deer fencing to any height from 1500mm – 2200mm, the number of rails depending on height. Uprights from 50 x 12mm solid bar set at a min 900mm deep.
Finishes as per normal fencing
Matching gates are available in a variety of designs.
See examples of deer fencing.
One of the advantages of our method of Estate or park fencing is its adaptability. Fence height can be varied, as can the number or spacing of lower rails. Lower rails can be round or flat steel bar. This means we can match the spec of any old or existing fencing or tailor the fence to match existing gates.
Britannia offers a comprehensive service designing, manufacturing and installing steel or forged gates to match existing fencing. They range from simple fabricated panel gates to fully forged ornamental gates made by our in house blacksmith.
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A series of products which we design and manufacture in our workshop to enhance our Estate Fencing and provide detailed finishing solutions.
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Construction of our continuous welded Estate fencing is completed on site. Posts are driven 600- 900mm deep,6m lengths of solid bar are threaded in a staggered pattern to ensure no fence upright carries all the joints. Welds are cleaned, prepped and painted on site with a high content zinc primer and two topcoats.
The result is a traditional seamless fence with no visible joints, linking collars or clips. This means greater strength and flexibility, and a fence that will hug contours and follow graceful natural curves, or clean tight circles, or the shape of a driveway/ entrance. This is the real thing, not to be confused with the ‘Modular’ Estate fencing which is usually imported and sold in kit form, and we will guarantee its longevity.
We have been in business for 40 years, manufacturing and installing high quality Iron & steel work of all kinds. We have an in-house team of design engineers, fabricators, & blacksmiths and expert fencing installers with over 40 years? experience. We have worked in all parts of the country, in Europe and Scandinavia, installed fences and railings in all kinds of conditions in all kinds of ground and we love a challenge.
Most Estate fencing is painted black but we can use any colour on the RAL paint chart and we have used many colours over the years and would be happy to discuss and advise. In any case, the steel bars are shot blasted and treated with an anti-rust primer before it arrives on site. We then re-prime after welding and spray paint the fence 2 topcoats on site once fitted. Whilst this provides very good anti rust protection please note that paintwork on both wrought iron and mild steel Estate fencing requires maintenance every few years.
Before finalising your design and starting the manufacturing process, we will discuss the project with you in detail, its purpose and your specific requirement, (ie is the fencing for stock, for driveways, for garden boundary) We will then usually make a site visit to survey the ground and to meet and discuss options with you personally.
This is crucial to delivering exceptional Estate fencing and enables us to fully assess the conditions of the ground and to make sure the fence specification is right. It also means we can ensure the appropriate gate positions.
Our aim is to fit a stunning parkland fencing solution that exceeds your expectations and lasts for generations to come. So, with the performance of traditional Estate fencing largely depending on the quality of the installation, all of our fences are put in at a minimum depth of 2ft and deer fencing min 3ft. We never compromise on this – even when the ground is particularly hard; in some cases, other installers will opt for a shallower fitting fence, (and modular fencing is usually only 12-14”) resulting in a fence that is more likely to collapse.
Please feel free to call us for advice or to discuss a possible project or contact us as follows: