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Friday, 11 May 2012

Lamps in London.

There are hundreds of old and interesting and beautiful lamps in the streets of London.
I'll start on the Embankment. I love these lamps, they are very ornate and usually have a dolphin at the base with leaves winding up the post to the lamp above.
Can you imagine a London (or any large city) street without lighting? How unsafe, creepy and dangerous it would be to walk around these streets after the sun had set.
 This is the base of the these lamps. They have the face of Neptune (I think) on them and the date they were cast.
 The one below is in the Art Deco style, which I love.
This is an old gas lamp has been converted to electric. There are several hundred of these lamps that have survived from the Victorian age.
 This lamp is in Spitalfields. It just emphasizes the narrowness of the streets in parts of London. In the City of London lamps are always wall mounted as the streets are too narrow for lamps to be placed on the pavement.
 A pretty Victorian lamp. One of the many things I love about the Victorian designers were their attitude to design for even the most mundane of things.
 This time it's another Art Deco lamp on an Art Deco building.
 Even the posts are interesting in their own right. There is no point in decorating a post, it's only functional after all. But I am so pleased that the designers do decorate the humble post.
 More Art Deco loveliness. The bulbs are exquisiteness themselves.
 This multi lamped stand is on Lambeth Bridge.
An old dental surgeon's lamp in Bloomsbury. It's still a dental practice.
This lamp is part of a memorial to Sir Joseph Bazalgette and is on Chelsea Embankment. Here's a wiki page all about him.
This is in a trendy part of Chelsea and this is a real street lamp.

A nice close up of an ex gas lamp near the Houses of Parliament.
All that remains of an early electric street lamp beneath a Victorian railway bridge.
More lamps along the Embankment with St Paul's cathedral in the background.
 A close up of the dolphin on the base of the Embankment lamps.
 This is one of the most unusual lamps I have come across. It sits on the top of a water pump. I have not been able to find out anything about this pump apart from that it dates from the early 1800's.
 Below is more detail from a lamp on the Embankment, but this time it's in the street rather than on the wall of the Embankment. It shows Britannia.
 A fire station lamp. On a Art Deco building in Euston Road.
 Very arty lamps in Eversholt Street.
 This is a whale oil lamp, it dates from the seventeenth century. Whale blubber would have been placed in a container in the circle and lit.
This fancy lamp is on a bridge near Gloucester Gate.
 This modest lamp is outside the Harrods Depository which is now a posh block of flats.
 This unusual lamp depicts a cherub using the telephone. It's on the former Astor's home in Temple.
 This one is on Edward Stoll charity home for ex soldiers in Fulham. Note the little pineapple on top, this is an ancient symbol to welcome visitors.
 Another Art Deco lamp, this time on the Senate House entrance to University College London.
This lamp is in The Artworkers Guild entrance hall in Queen Square near Russell Square.
These lamps are within the City of London and has the dragon (or griffin) symbol on the top.
These men were doing some maintenance on a lamp in St. Dunstan's Court, just off Ludgate.
This very old gas lamp is on the wall of the Centre Page pub in Knightrider Street, Cheapside.
This life-size lamp is outside Triton Court in Finsbury Square.
 This lovely blue lamp is on the headquarters of the Royal Horse-guards building in Whitehall Court.
Now it's time to extinguish this post, I hope you enjoyed looking at the photo's.