Road bollards as we know them today actually come from cannons captured during the Napoleonic war. Apparently, cannons were stuck in the ground with a cannonball on the top. And the design has remained ever since.
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In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, the British government scrapped cannons as a result of political lobbying by the armament industry.
History says that armament manufacturers were worried that the British government would reuse the cannons captured in the war for its own military purposes and hence harm the national armament manufacturers.
In order to protect their business and their interests, the armament manufacturers appealed to the British government. Finally, they agreed to only close several companies as it is vital to national security that it has local operating armament manufacturers. Nevertheless, the Parliament agreed to scrap the French cannons.
The scrapped French cannons found their new use. Buried in the ground with a ball top they became the basis for the surface mounted bollards that we know nowadays.
Local authorities unceremoniously took over hundreds of post-war cannons and upgraded them to serve as street furniture.
These road bollards are a live monument two centuries old and are still decorating the streets of England’s capital.
Bollard design standards have significantly changed and new bollard types were easier to fit in with the changing city architecture. Occasionally, however, steel bollards still come in their inherited cannon shape.
For any special request, you can also contact us, and we can design your steel bollard with our team of designers.