Many of the street nameplates still in use in older towns and cities are over 100 years old. Made of cast iron, often to individual designs by long-closed local foundries, there is no reason why they should not still be in use in another 100 years.
Although 90% of new street nameplates are sheet metal or plastic, there is a growing interest in cast metal plates, particularly for conservation areas, new housing schemes and for many inner city areas.
Leander Architectural has been making street nameplates for many decades and retain many of the original patterns, designs and lettering developed for local authorities as far back as the 1930s.
The company has also developed new concepts, which include district names and area postcodes. Over 1500 plates have been supplied to the city of Glasgow, with different typography for each district.
Leander also specialises in accurate replicas of more unusual plates, including dark blue and white vitreous enamelled French styles, and ceramic nameplates composed of individual letter tiles.