Coal Holes

A. C. Woodrow & Co

1954 might seem a little late in the day for coalhole plates, but  A. C. Woodrow & Co were still offering them for sale through publications such as Roads and Road Construction. In fact A.C. Woodrow specialised in cast iron castings throughout their history and are one of the most commonly seen names on manhole covers and other street ironware. They seem to have started off in Holborn, London but then moved out to Kent where they were still going strong at least into the 70s, and even now, for all I know. One interesting snippet caught my eye from the Municipal and Public Services Journal of1970

This golf trophy – imaginatively combining the scale model of a manhole cover surmounting three silver replicas of the Minoan axe – has been presented to the staff of Milton Keynes Development Corporation by A. C. Woodrow and Company. The Woodrow trophy will be presented annually…[at] the Tower Club…
Sadly I couldn’t find a picture of this ‘imaginative’ trophy. I wonder if it’s still being contested to this day?

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