Rainwater Systems

In the late 1920s, the firm was producing complete rainwater systems, including iron gutters and downpipes. The components included round downpipes, hopper heads, bends, shoes, swan-necks and connectors, which were available in four diameters 2, 2½, 3 and 4in. They also produced seven different profiles of roof gutters, including half-round, four types of ogee, rectilinear and larger valley gutters. In total they produced 23 size variations, including 5 in the half-round and 6 in the rectilinear.

 

Pavement and Channel Gutters

For situations, such as when buildings stood directly adjacent to the pavement, with the downpipe located on the pavement side of a building the firm produced a pavement gutter; indeed they produced four types. A pavement gutter is an enclosed iron pipe, with one side connecting with a rainwater downpipe; it then crosses the pavement, normally at right angles, ending at the kerb edge, where it discharged the water. Its purpose is to carry waste rain water away from the building and deposit it into the side of the road. These pavement gutters were let into the pavement, so as to be flush with it. The gutters had a patterned plate top, so as to help prevent slipping.

The four types varied from one another in both their profile and design. Models 423, 424 and 425 were has a ‘D’ shaped profile, whilst model 428 had a square profile. Models 423 and 423 had a slit along the length of the top surface so as to allow the easy removal of any blockages. Whilst models 425 and 428 had no such slit, although model 425 came with an optional cleaning door, located near the down pipe connections, which could be removed so as a cleaning rod to be inserted. All four models had differing variations of pattern on the top flat surface; models 423, 425 and 428 had crossed grooves of varying types, model 424 had short raised areas across the pipe. The four models also had differing sized profiles, model 423 was 5in. by 5in., 424 was 5in. by 4in., 426 had two variations, 4in by 3½in and 4¼in by 3⅝in. and finally 428 had three size variations, 3¾in. by 4in., 5in. by 4in. and 6in. by 4in.

 

Grate Gullys

The firm also produced roadside drainage products, in the form of gulley grates and frames, which again were let into the road adjacent to the kerb, so as to form a flush surface with the road. They produced 6 types of gulley grates, one of which was known as the Loughborough Borough Pattern (model no 350) and three were hinged (models 351, 352 and 353). Five of the models (349, 350, 351, 353 and 386) were available with single sized openings, varying from 10¾in. by 8in. (Model 353) upto 18¾in. by 13in (Model 351). Model 352 was available in six size variants, from 12½in. by 9¾in. upto 20½in. by 12½in. Ten years later all the model and size variants were still available and they had added a heavy pattern range, known as 352A which was available in seven size variants.