English Street Lights Online

By Mike Barford

As featured on BBC One's "The One Show" in November 2017.



Survivors from the Past

Local Lanterns

Damaged Installations

Replacement Schemes

Derby's Street Lighting PFI Contract

The 'Derby 100' - A History


Online Equipment Sales

London Underground Section







and welcome to the site. For many years, I have been interested in the somewhat unusual subject of street lighting. This interest resulted in the acquiring of my first lantern in 2002, and since then, I acquired many more. With my collection now consisting of lanterns and associated running equipment from a variety of eras, I have been able to assemble something of a virtual history of street lighting in the United Kingdom (especially that of the Derbyshire area) through this site.

The site was last updated on Sunday, 02 May 2021.

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I would like to dedicate this update to my good friend, Jeremy Skertchly, whose helpfulness, knowledge and generosity made the Collection what it is today. Rest in peace, JPS - keep those Derby 100s glowing up above!

1968 - 2021

A tribute page can be viewed here.

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