The History of Construction Scaffolding
Despite featuring on every urban landscape, construction scaffolding boasts an illustrious past and a rich history dating back thousands of years. Although these structures have become synonymous for modern day construction and expansion, Safeway Scaffolding explores the history of scaffolding in their latest blog.
As previously mentioned, construction scaffolding is a practice typically associated with tall skyscrapers and contemporary architecture, but the fact of the matter is that the earliest mentions of scaffolding stretch back to over 17,000 years. Wall sockets around the palaeolithic cave paintings of Lascaux, southwestern France, suggest that structures similar to scaffolding were used for ‘cavemen’ to paint on the ceilings of said caves. The Berlin Foundry Cup (a vague red drinking cup from the early 5th century BC) also depicts ancient Greeks and using scaffolding-esque structures. Ancient Egyptians, Nubians and the Chinese also used ropes and wood to form construction scaffolding bases.
Although scaffolding technology had developed gradually over these thousands of years, the construction scaffolding platforms we use today are a creation from Daniel Palmer Jones and David Henry Jones in the early 1900’s. The main advancements consist of the ‘scaffixer’ (a coupling device which is significantly more robust than rope) and the ‘universal coupler’ (a coupling device which is used by today’s scaffolders). These developments in construction scaffolding were found to be so successful and so efficient, that the Jones’ company, Patent Rapid Scaffold Tie Company Ltd, were responsible for the reconstruction of Buckingham Palace in 1919 and their systems were also used as the predominant method of scaffolding for post-war reconstruction.
The architecture which decorates our skylines today is a product of thousands of years worth of development and innovation, proving that construction has, and always will have, an important role to play in construction and expansion. For more information on Safeway Scaffolding’s commercial and domestic services, contact us today on 01675 465593 or leave us a message via our online form.