The site of the old gas-works is now largely derelict. A yacht company presently uses some of the land for storage purposes, and they have made a few tracks across the site. Luckily, some of the old lighting survives, although now defunct. The yacht company aimed to resurrect the old system, but on closer inspection of the old cables, decided to drop the plan.
The columns on the main access road are still in use, although they had their MBF/U GEC Z5670 lanterns replaced by AEC 'Toppa' SON lanterns a good 10 years or so ago. They are still group switched however from a Sangamo timeclock in a mains cupboard. A couple of very recent casual replacements of the SON lanterns have been Thorn Gamma Basiques.
There are a couple of GEC Z5670 lanterns across the site in varying states of decay, and the intact examples show that Mercury lamps were used. They will all be removed as the site is redeveloped, but for now they are one of the few lasting reminders of the old gas works, and have out-lived virtually all other structures. The photographed example has clearly seen better days, but has only recently been knocked by machinery.
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