A real gem here: a GEC Z5590 lantern with mint condition glass 'teardrop' outer globe. These bowls are now incredibly rare; most Z5590s being fitted with polycarbonate types. The lamp is an 80w MBF/U and the column is a 5m GEC hexagonal steel.
A road can be found with five 5m CU Concrete columns fitted with 80W MBF GEC Z8596 lanterns. They are group switched.
A GEC Z5580 lantern fitted with a polycarbonate globe and 80W MBF lamp. The column is a 5m Stanton Concrete. Control is by a timeswitch.
A rare one now- a BTH Rural Enclosed lantern. This is the only one I know of on a public road in the county, although there are a couple of private examples around the town. The column is a fabulous old CU 'Avenue' concrete with 'Arc' bracket. As you'd expect the lamp is still an 80w Mercury and control is by a timeswitch. Sadly the bowl is now a GEC polycarbonate type, but the lantern may orignally have held a clear BTH type.
Not too far away is another CU column, but this time it is sporting a GEC 'Unknown' lantern. This is very unusual as I have never seen one in use outside of the Plymouth city area. The bowl is also unusual, as instead of the standard glass GEC refractor bowl, a Holophane bowl is fitted. These are more commonly found on Phosco or Revo lanterns, so this is possibly where it came from originally.
Just down the road is another top entry Mercury lantern. Here a Phosco P132 can be found on a nice Stanton concrete column.
A nearby estate is lit in the majority by GEC Z8591s. This is incredibly rare now, and to see so many in one location is amazing. The lamps are all Mercury MBF/U types, and columns are CU concretes with small stub brackets. A few of them, as does the one pictured, still retain their original GEC glass bowls.
In this alleyway is undoubtedly the rarest lantern in the town, a GEC Z8496; the forerunner to the Z8596. The lantern still carries its original glass outer globe, and appears to hold a 125w MBF/U lamp. Switching could be by a time clock in a nearby control box, but it is possible the lantern is no longer connected.
Private land now, and an electricity compound is home to four BTH Urban Enclosed lanterns. These still hold their high wattage tungsten lamps, although they are now probably defunct due to the floodlights installed below. All are in excellent condition, and so are the huge Stanton columns considering they are probably of 1950s vintage.
A GEC Z5580 lantern with polycarbonate globe and 80W lamp. The column is cast iron, with a cast control box and swan-neck. A time clock controls the lantern.
An unusual sight is this Philips MI55 lantern running a 70w SON-I lamp. They are not that common in the area on public roads.
Bang up to date now with a footpath lit by Philips FGS105 lanterns. The cell is a SELC 841, and the lamp a 55w PL/L fluorescent.
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