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My final post looks at Dublin’s Merrion Square Park, which also performs the function of a museum for old Dublin street lights. All the photographs in this post were taken in April 2017.

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A general view of Merrion Square Park with a “Gillingham” gas column in the foreground.

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Part of the Merrion Square Park information board explains which street lights are installed in which locations.

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A map of the park on the information board. It should be noted that, at the time of my visit (April 2017), the south eastern corner of the park was being redeveloped, and none of the street lights above No. 18 were in the park.

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Location 1: a sugar stick column, many of which still survive outside captivity on Dublin’s side streets.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket.

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Locations 2 and 3: the “Hammond Lane” lamp posts.

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A close-up view of the lantern.

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A second close-up view of the lantern, which resembles a Phosco P109.

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The more modern version of the above lantern – the Phosco P109, can be found outside the park on the city’s streets.

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Location 4: a second sugar stick column.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket.

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Location 5: a Small Bromford pillar with a Grenoch lantern.

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A close-up photograph of the Grenoch lantern.

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Location 6: a "Gillingham" lamp post.

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A close-up photograph of the lantern.

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Many of these lanterns still exist outside the park on Dublin’s streets. This one was photographed in Anne Street South.

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Location 7: the Bodega lamp post, which had no lantern in April 2017.

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Location 8: the Horseman’s Row lamp post.

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A close-up photograph of the lantern.

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Location 9: the Square Arc lamp.

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The Square Arc lamp holds a prominent position in the centre of the park.

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Another view of the Square Arc lamp.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket and arc lamp.

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Location 10: a REVO lamp post, as also seen on Mountpleasant Square, albeit the Mountpleasant Square ones have GEC Z5590s.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket and lantern.

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Location 11: another Gillingham lamp post, this time with a reproduction gas lantern.

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A close-up photograph of the reproduction gas lantern.

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Location 12: A Mallet lamp post.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket and lantern.

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Location 13: another of the Gillingham lamp posts, this time with an ornate bracket.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket and lantern.

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Location 14: this square-based Pembroke column is identical to the one in Castlewood Place, Rathmines.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket and lantern.

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A close-up photograph of the square column base.

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Location 15: a third sugar stick column, many of which still survive outside captivity on Dublin’s side streets.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket and lantern.

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Location 16: a 1A Percy Place Pillar lamp column.

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A close-up photograph of the bracket and lantern.

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Location 17: a city arc lamp column.

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A close-up photograph of the scrollwork and shamrock bracket. The bracket is fitted with a Holophane Dublin lantern, as seen in College Street in earlier posts.

Simon Cornwell has also photographed the street lights in Merrion Square, and adds his considerable knowledge to what he found.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:51 pm 
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As ever superb pictures David, and thank you very much for creating this pictorial record. Good to see the cast iron columns with the GECs still survive in the city centre, I remember seeing some of these from a visit 10 years ago. I wonder how much longer before they are replaced with LED?

The Stanton concretes are fantastic, this must be the the last location where such a large number still exist.

Also how unusual to find a park with a museum of the city's lighting - something I wish we could see more often in other locations!


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Could you please advise me of your email addresses - I've PMed you both through this forum , but not sure if it worked ! I'm doing a survey of the lamp posts formerly in Merrion Square and now in storage St Anne's Park and would like to find out more about them. Many thanks.


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I've removed your email from public view, to prevent spam. You should now be able to send PMs.


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