Historic cast iron newels.

A brief introduction.

Cast iron newel posts have been used on many prestigious staircases. Historically they would have been used on high end properties set over a feature tread at the start of a geometric staircase, when used on stone flights they would have been complemented with cast spindle either stringer mounted or tread mounted. When used on timber flights they more often than not would be paired with turned spindles but in some cases would be paired with the cast spindles.

The post will normally be used to support opening caps, Ram’s horns or Monkeys’ tails.

The bottom of the post is traditionally drilled and tapped with about a 3/4″ metal stud, that runs down either into the flooring joists, noggings, or feature tread and is bolted from the underside to give it stability.

When set onto a timber staircase, the feature to the tread end is made of solid timber to allow the bolting of the newel post.

Often when a staircase has had its feature end removed from the feature tread, as happened a lot throughout the U.K. in the 1970’s. when surveying to replace the feature end, you can often find tell tail holes through the floorboards where the original bolt was set, this will aid in knowing where the centre of the feature was set to be able to recreate the original shape of the tread.

3D model

We will be adding 3D models scanned from original castings,

Here we have a sample of one of these models, I am still working or rather learning how to clean these up and get them good enough to use for 3D printing, I will test these in real life by getting them cast at a foundry before I publish them for use.

Knostairs 3D
Knostairs 3D model

Here we have a picture of this style of newel post fitted to a cantilevered stone staircase. The newel has an opening cap set over it and Due to the narrow stairwell the handrail from the lower flight comes up and returns over on itself, this is to pick up the cast spindles that are mounted on the side of the stringers.

This particular style of newel can be found in properties dating back to the early 19th century.

Cast Iron Newel Post.
Cast Iron Newel Post.