Thanks for looking in on my little bit of cyberspace
It may seem a little odd that anyone
would be interested in streetlighting, probably because streetlighting
goes largely unnoticed by most people. But streetlighting
down the years has gone through an amazing metamorphosis, evolving from a naked flame in a windproof lantern,
through to the powerful electric roadside lighting
we are familiar with today.
road I lived on as a child in the 1960's was lit at night with low-pressure
lanterns mounted on long support brackets clamped to redundant trolleybus
traction poles that had once supported the trolleybus overhead wires. I can recall evenings of long ago when
these old sodium
lanterns flickered and flashed into life as darkness fell; the warm pink glow
as they stabilised slowly becoming a brilliant yellow light that bathed the virtually
traffic-less road in
a warm amber glow. And of the empty side streets that meandered off the beaten
track into quiet residential enclaves, softly lit
in a hue of blueish white mercury light. Maybe
all a bit nostalgic in retrospect, but
those distant memories of an England long lost are forever imprinted in my mind,
and are where my interest in streetlighting
the types of streetlights I grew up with have all
but disappeared from Britain's streets, and so in an
effort to preserve something of the past I have
tried to make a photographic record of old and interesting
streetlighting that I have come across on my
travels. In doing so I have inevitably taken
an interest in the newer types of streetlighting
too, and these are also recorded.
the main, these photographs reflect the very varied array of streetlighting
that was once to be found across the Midlands region
of the Country in the latter part of the 20th Century;
however, much of it was also once commonplace in
many other towns and cities across Great Britain,
so it may come as no surprise if some of the streetlighting
apparatus featured may seem familiar to you
if live outside the area.
the years, I've also managed
to save various examples of streetlighting lanterns
and equipment, many on the verge of extinction that
have otherwise been thrown away and lost forever.
grateful to the many people in the streetlighting
industry and to the streetlighting hobbyists I've had the pleasure of meeting over the years,
and for the many and varied contributions that have made the collection
most welcome to take a look around and share in
this fascinating subject through the pages of this website.
Any constructive comments, information, or
additions are always welcome.
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