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Residents Surprised To Learn About Dark History Of ‘Crook’ In Fence

The unusual crook in London railings have a unique and unsettling history.

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Jim Wheble from BBC London News recently took to the streets where these oddly shaped railings can be found surrounding some estates in London and told passersby about why those barriers look the way they do.

So why do these railings have such bizarre curves?

Well, as Wheble explains, it is because they were not originally built to be railings at all. They were built during World War 2 to be used as stretchers.

The odd curve along the pole was designed to keep the stretchers a couple inches off the ground.

They were repurposed to be used as railings along city streets  after the war.

During the BBC London News segment Wheble focuses in a smaller segment of a fence and notes that it would have been used to carry wounded children out of rubble during the war.

When passersby were told about the original purpose of the oddly shaped fence their reaction was a suitable, “Wow.”

During the build up to the war, experts in the United Kingdom’s government were forecasting an apocalyptic like scenarios. They commissioned thousands of stretchers to built in order to properly assist those in need.

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