Plymstock Lighting Pictures

A pair of rare 1950s GEC Z5500 'Brookvale' lanterns running 70w SON lamps. Control is by a timeswitch in an extra control box on the first column. The brackets are painted brown to indicate that they are within 1m of the overhead lines.

The end of an era came in 2010 when the road was relit and the GEC lanterns were replaced.

Another Brookvale on an adjacent street. This one again now runs a 70W SON lamp, although it was once MBF. This one is switched from a group time clock. A return visit in December 2006 found the lantern on-by-day. Presumably the clock requires resetting. This does however, show the SON lamp to good effect.

A Thorn Gamma 6 lantern running a 70w SON lamp. This is quite rare now, as control is still by a Venner MSQP time clock in the column base. The column is a Stewart & Lloyd steel.

Timeclock replacements in 2010 saw this Gamma 6 removed for good.

A 'frankenstein' GEC Z5580 lantern fitted with a 70w SON-I lamp. At first I thought that this lantern was fitted with an unusual shallow bowl. Closer inspection however, has revealed that the lantern is in fact a Z5580BP, but the plastic refractor bowl has been cut down and a glass refractor bowl (from a GEC Z5500 'Brookvale' or similar) has been sat inside the remnants of the plastic bowl, hence the step. The column is a 5m CU concrete.

The fourth and final GEC Z5500 Brookvale lantern in the city of Plymouth. This example also runs a 70w SON-I lamp. Control is by an FKI SS5 cell on the pole next to the lantern. This was once one of the most common lanterns in Plymstock, mounted on electricity poles, running mercury lamps and controlled by overhead wire switching. However, works in the early 1990s saw the replacement of the control boxes, service cables from the overhead lines and the lanterns of most of the pole-mounted lighting, removing all but about 6 of these lanterns.

Nearby can be found a pair of GEC Z5530B 'Brookvale Mk2' lanterns, both running 70w SON-I lamps. The first is mounted on a metal electricity board pole, the second, a 6m CU concrete column. The outer globes are glass refractor type.

Update- February 2006: the second lantern and concrete column have now been replaced too. A 6m Corus steel column and Urbis ZXU1 are the replacements.

A GEC Z8896 lantern on a 6m Concrete Utilities column. The lamp is a 70w SON and control is by group switching.

Another Z8896, but this time mounted on a sleeved 6m CU column. This lantern would have been fitted with the sleeve, replacing the original concrete arm and top entry lantern.

This 6m Concrete Utilities column is unique in the area, due to its unusual bracket setup. There is a large cap mounted on the post-top which then has the bracket mounted on it. This probably replaced a concrete bracket. The lantern was previously an 80w GEC Z8896, but is now an Urbis ZX1.

This 6m Concrete Utilities column is fitted with a 70w AC Ford AC848. The lantern is switched by a SELC 841 cell, which is also a control point for a number of nearby columns. This is a surviving example of how my own AC848 looked (minus the photocell) before its removal.

June 2010 saw the removal of this concrete column. As this column controlled lights in the nearby streets, these were fitted with individual photocells following this replacement work.

This 6m CU column has been sleeved in the past to accomodate a side entry lantern. This AC848 was presumably not the original lantern, but when it was fitted, the problem of it being a top-entry lantern was overcome by a neat bracket addition. These bracket pieces were made by the council in-house when AC848 lanterns were being installed across the city and side-entry brackets caused problems.

This column is a rare find in Plymstock, as CU are the staple concrete column manufacturer to be found. It is a Stanton column with a curved bracket. The lantern is now a modern Urbis ZX1, but the old column is worth mentioning due to its scarcity in the area.

The final installation of interest in the road is this 5m Stanton & Staveley concrete. The lantern is a 70w GEC Z8896, although it would have been an 80w MBF lamp previously. Despite looking very similar to the CU columns, the S&S columns are often recognisable in the area as the brackets are generally more angular than the CU examples. Stanton & Staveley did not see much use in the city howevever, as CU had the monopoly in the area.

Update- June 2006: an Urbis ZXU1 has now been fitted.

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