110b. Tutbury Road, Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire Situated on a short driveway just off the road is a 15 ft GEC concrete column supporting a glass-bowled Z8591 lantern. The driveway is not owned by the Local Authority and so the reason for the column's existence is something of a mystery, especially as the driveway leads out onto open fields. Perhaps, the residents whose houses are accessed from the driveway paid for its installation, and have arranged for its maintenance as and when required since then. I have a vague recollection of this lantern running a very worn-out mercury vapour lamp in 2003 (the lantern was operating in daylight at the time), although as it was not lit at the time of being pictured, the lamp has now failed completely, or the dayburning issue was resolved.

Significant growth of the surrounding bushes to the bottom two thirds of the column makes it somewhat difficult to spot, particularly, when travelling along the main road.

 

The fact that the the bushes do not extend up to the lantern gives rise to the possibility that it is still operational.

 

What appear to be two cables are supported by the bracket.

 

This close-up suggests that the two cables are actually one, with the column being used to take up the slack of an overly-long cable. A leather belt is wrapped around the bracket and seems to be assisting with the support of this cable, along with some cable ties. The lantern bowl is in need of an internal clean, but the lantern is, otherwise, in good condition.

 
 

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