Corrugated Iron was developed in the early 19th C and the process of coating the iron sheeting with zinc (a process known as galvanizing) was patented in 1837.

The zinc coating greatly increased the life of corrugated iron sheets. As the material was light, strong and easy to cut into sheet, a number of companies saw an opportunity to use it in the construction of ‘flat-pack’ or ‘off-the-shelf’ prefabricated buildings.

By the late 19th century a number of manufacturers offered mass-produced corrugated iron buildings in kit form. Churches, chapels and school houses could be bought from a catalogue. A kit would comprise of a prefabricated timber frame, later erected on a brick foundation. The roof and walls were then clad on the outside with corrugated sheets and on the inside with good quality tongue and groove boarding, usually with a sheet of felt between the wood and iron.

Here’s a rather wonderful example of one such prefabricated kit, found in Hertfordshire.

1588369_f5c5dae2
The original Iron Room at Tring Station, shown here, was replaced in 1902 by a new building. It was given to local people by J. G. Williams, owner of the nearby Pendley Estate.

 

1587686_024dd85e
In 1917, Tring Station’s original tin tabernacle was removed to the village of Puttenham, Hertfordshire where it still exists clad in its corrugated iron splendour. Though with a much less elaborate support at its gable-end.

 

1587684_4a554e97
This side-elevation gives a good idea of the design.

 

1587692_48a2242c
Rear elevation.

 

1587694_cf43a803
Chimney breast, iron cladding and wooden window frames united under the green paintwork.

 

1587693_5003cc3c
The rather lovely brick chimney.

 

1587321_26344ad7
Turn of the century photo showing the opening day of the second Iron Room at Tring.

 

1587314_3b83d8be
Whilst the framework of the second Iron Room, the chimney breast, doors and window frames still remain; in recent years the corrugated iron skin has been removed, and replaced by timber cladding.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s