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Guard Iron with rope marks
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London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road King's Cross
London N1 9RT
United Kingdom

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Guard Iron with rope marks

This guard iron protected the stonework on a bridge near Camden street bridge. These metal rollers would be on the corners of bridges to protect the stonework of the bridge because the ropes would pick up grit and would become abrasive and wear away the stonework. The guard iron is meant to move but this one ended up becoming stuck so the abrasive rope ended up cutting into the metal.
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Guard Iron protecting the stone on a bridge near Camden street bridge. The abrasive rope wore down the guard after it became stuck.
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