During the Second World War the need to manufacture munitions led the UK Government to requisition metal from across the country, with the result that many parks and gardens were stripped of their Victorian iron railings. For a variety of reasons the Town Council in Blairgowrie prevaricated, with the result that its railings survived the War. Consequently, along with a few far-flung places such as Kirkcudbright, Stornoway and Lerwick, Blairgowrie & Rattray is one of very few places where one can admire the elaborate cast-ironwork which once fronted many Victorian suburban gardens.