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Author:  sotonsteve [ Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:04 pm ]
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Suffolk used loads of these lanterns from the 1960s through to the 1980s when the GEC Z8831 took over. Unless they have had a SON conversion, which was very rare for Suffolk, they could still be mercury. Suffolk has purged most of its mercury in recent years, but some does still survive in small pockets.

Author:  sotonsteve [ Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:17 pm ]
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At East Farleigh level crossing in Kent, there is still an Atlas/Thorn Alpha 10

Author:  sotonsteve [ Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:14 am ]
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Many years after I first spotted it as a survivor from the past, this glass bowled Revo Diadem still exists in Dartmouth, which is quite amazing given the relative regularity with which lanterns get changed over in Devon.

Also a rarity, this GEC Z5640 series lantern in Dunster in Somerset. Driving past, I couldn't tell if the column was concrete or wood.

Author:  Paianni [ Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:26 pm ]
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GreatNorburyStDepot wrote:
Paianni wrote:
This rather quaint abandoned street light...
In the last few months the bracket mount has given way and the bracket is now hanging loose off the column.

I wonder who's responsible for it?  :?


Hopefully the bowl hasn't been damaged following its collapse. I wish you luck in hopefully saving it.
Having driven past it again, I can report that although the bracket is hanging with the lantern facing up, the bowl is still attached and appears undamaged.

Author:  Phosco152 [ Sun May 12, 2019 7:53 pm ]
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In London, near the Mount Pleasant mail sorting office is this mid 1960s Stewarts and Lloyd column with large curved bracket.

South of Tottenham Court Road, is an even older fluted Stewarts and Lloyd 25ft column probably dating from the early 1960s, although the lower section has been coated with textured paint to prevent posters being stuck to it.

Author:  Alpha3 [ Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:30 pm ]
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Was out and about yesterday and spotted these gems in Frant still surving in 2019:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.09541 ... authuser=0

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.09426 ... authuser=0

The second example is even more surprising as it lies next to a main road. As to whether they run mercury still, I'm not too sure. There were more survivors than this, I think I spotted about 4 or 5. Nice find I think.

Also this just off of the A26 still in place
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.23197 ... authuser=0

Author:  GreatNorburyStDepot [ Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:40 pm ]
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I've just returned from a holiday in the Isle of Wight, so I thought it was worthwhile to pop some updates on what is still surviving.

It has to be said there is not too much to note, as the LED programme has removed a great deal in its wake, although the island still sports plenty of the 8m hockey stick columns in many places.
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Side and post top Lumas seem to be the lantern for the main roads, with the Stella Long being employed on the sides.
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Newport still retains a few wall mounted outreach brackets hereabouts too, again with Lumas now replacing the previous lanterns.
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Shanklin being more of a tourist trap has gone for the repro regency style for its lighting, however I did find one survivor from the past, albeit incomplete.
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Not quite "the land that time forgot", but there we go, although I do have a couple of other relics which whilst not strictly streetlighting are still worthy of note.

The first is this Henley feeder pillar, still in use in Newport.
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The second is this quaint wall mounted lamp bracket, albeit missing its glassware.
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Author:  GreatNorburyStDepot [ Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:47 pm ]
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Further to my holiday in the Isle of Wight, I thought I would share some real interesting survivors, although not on the Island itself, but literally next door to the RedFunnel Ferry terminal at Southampton Dock gate 7.

I noticed this particular lantern whilst parked up in the waiting area. The view was partially obscured by containers.
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It looks like a Revo Horizon Major to me, but perhaps you can confirm this.

Once on the ferry, I climbed up on top and looked to the west for a better view. What I found was the remains of a large jetty, most of it in a very derelict condition, with some sections of the decking in a callapsed state.
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Subsequent research online indicates this location is actually the remains of the Royal Pier, which opened in 1833.
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It was originally named Victoria Pier and as well as a popular venue for entertainment, it also provided berthing for the Isle of Wight steamers and from the 1950s, car ferries. The pier finally closed in 1979. Decay and arson in subsequent years turned the pier into the wreck you see today, although the pier gatehouse subsequently restored now serves as a restaurant.

Being interested in such things, I made a point of getting some close up pictures as we left the terminal. The main focus of the camera however, was of some real survivors of the past.

There are a few of these old cast iron columns dotted around the pierhead, which seem to be original to the structure.
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Contemporary photos of the time indicate they may originally been fitted with decorative curved iron brackets. In later years, these look to have been replaced by the simple uplift bracket still extant today and still fitted with the Revo lanterns.
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Due to the perilous condition of the pier, it will be a miracle if any of these could be saved. As the structure continues to decay, one column is already being to topple over.
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Author:  sotonsteve [ Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:20 am ]
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Yes, Revo Horizon Majors. Royal Pier had a fire in 1987 and has fallen evermore into disrepair since, and is deemed to be an unsafe structure. Hence, the chances of rescuing the lighting are zero, as it is a condemned no-go zone.

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