Important Message

Dear Customer,

After 123 years of trading, Charles Butcher and Co Ltd, and its operating company, Durham Foundry (Sheffield) Ltd, are ceasing trading. This has not been an easy decision but the board believes that it is the right time to do so and is in the best interests of the shareholders. This is a planned closure and the companies are wholly solvent.

Current orders will be honoured but we will be unable, unless specifically agreed, to take on any new work.

To enable the closure to happen as smoothly as possible, we have entered into an agreement to try and transfer work to Canlin Castings Ltd. They are a similar foundry to Durham Foundry offering the same range of material grades, quantities and weights. Their details are:-

Canlin Castings Ltd,
North Street,
Langley Mill,
NG16 4DF

Tel: 01773 715412

The contact there, to discuss how work may be transferred, is David Carlin who can be contacted at

If you wish to discuss anything regarding the closure, please contact me on 0114 249 4977 or email me at

Mike Naylor
Chairman and Managing Director
Charles Butcher and Co Ltd and Durham Foundry (Sheffield) Ltd

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Cast Iron Street and Ornamental Furniture

Up to the end of the Georgian period the only material available for exterior ornamentation at a reasonable price was wrought iron. The Victorian period, which lasted from 1837 to 1901, saw an explosion in the use of a new material, cast iron, for public and private use. This was due to a number of factors.

Cast Iron Street Furniture Development

The biggest development in the use of cast iron as a material for municipal castings and street furniture came with the development of ductile cast iron in the early 50’s. This new version of cast iron has properties more like mild steel and opened up areas of use which had previously been unsuitable for ordinary cast iron. It was now possible to produce highly decorative castings with good structural properties.

About Cast Iron Street Furniture

Improvements in production systems and the understanding of the metallurgy of cast iron meant that mass production became a reality with a resultant reduction in cost. This was fuelled by an abundance of raw materials such as iron ore and coal, coupled with a highly developed transport system based on the emerging rail network and existing canals which could transport both raw material and finished product quickly and cheaply around the country.

Cast iron, due to its ability to form complex shapes from a single casting, was used for many different designs and applications including gates and railings, lamp posts and columns, waste bins, floor grates and seating. A lot of these castings are still in use today which gives some idea of the durability of a cast iron structure. Call Durham Foundry on 0114 249 4977 to discuss your Cast Iron Street Furniture & Ornamental Street Furniture project.

Cast Iron Street Furniture Projects

Cast iron, both ordinary and ductile, continue to be used widely for street furniture and associated municipal projects and will continue to be so, mainly due to the cost effectiveness of the material compared to more expensive cast alternatives such as steel, brass or bronze. This makes it ideal for cast iron gates, cast iron railings, cast iron lamp posts, cast iron columns, cast iron waste bins, cast iron floor grates and cast iron seating.

Cast Iron Street Furniture Production

At Durham Foundry we have been producing cast iron street furniture for over a hundred years. We can supply castings from one off up to small to medium batch production using Alkali Phenolic resin bonded sands and our workforce of highly skilled moulders can work from complex loose pattern equipment, particularly where low volumes are required, whilst our moulding line is suited for batch production.

Our long trading history, coupled with an investment programme that has enabled us to keep up with modern production methods and environmental legislation has meant that we have been involved with many cast iron street furniture projects and continue to be so.

Cast Iron Street Furniture Certification

All our cast iron street furniture is produced to a current ISO material specification along with any further certification which a customer may require. As well as cast iron street furniture for the architectural, restoration and decorative markets, our customer base also covers grey, ductile and alloyed irons for the engineering and structural sectors.

Our diverse customer base has also given us experience in a wide range of applications for iron castings other than the fireplace market, including pumps and valves, forges, foundries and rolling mills, automotive and aerospace, a wide range of OEM’s, quarries and mines, railways and rolling stock and local authorities. We also have long term trading relationships with local pattern makers, machine shops and surface finishers which enable us to quote for the complete supply of the finished casting.

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