141. Off the B6387, Bevercotes, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire Installed on the access road leading to the former Bevercotes Colliery are a number of Stanton 6B 25 ft concrete columns, all fitted with early Revo C13723/S lanterns. The colliery was opened in the 1960s, meaning that these installations are probably the site's original roadway lights. The colliery closed in 1993, and the buildings were subsequently demolished, however, the lighting was retained, but presumably no longer operated. Sadly, the lanterns have suffered badly from attacks by vandals, and many are in something of a ruinous state by 2010, with only the bowl support frames still surviving on many of the lanterns.
The following photograph is the sight that greets you when you turn on to the access road.
The first lantern is missing the glass front panel from its bowl, but is otherwise in a good condition. Perhaps this column's proximity to the main road is what has kept it relatively undamaged. Notice the yellow and black bands painted around all of the column bases; presumably, this was done in order to improve the visibility of the columns.
The following installation is also in a reasonable condition, given its age and length of dereliction. The underside panel of the bowl on this lantern has fallen away, revealing the (SOX) lamp inside.
The damage is worse on the third lantern - both a side refractor and the underside panel are missing. The lamp is also smashed.
The base of this column was largely empty - only the supply cable and rubber-sheathed cables feeding the lantern remained. The backboard lay in the grass nearby.
A few more columns along, and now, the bowl is missing in its entirety. The remains of the lamp cap can still be seen in the holder.
Another lantern with two panels missing and a smashed lamp followed.
The bracket on the next column (located adjacent a bridge that once brought the road over the railway line to the colliery) had somehow swung around. This bracket was, by far, in the worst condition in terms of spalling. Owing to the lantern being now being situated away from the roadway, damaging it must have proven difficult to the vandals (good!), as the lamp was still intact, despite the bowl being broken.
The next installation was not so fortunate, however - only one side refractor and the rear glass panel survived.
The next lantern was perhaps in the best condition - it still looked to be fully intact, although the spalling at the bracket joint is of concern.
Finally, the column situated opposite (what I assume was) the former main entrance to the colliery was also in a poor structural condition, and its lantern wasn't in the best of conditions either.
Thanks to Robin Idle for informing me of the installations featured on this page.
A return visit to the site in October 2012 revealed some very upsetting sights for the discerning street lighting enthusiast; see below for details.
The first and second columns from the main road still appeared much the same as they had during my previous visit.
Only at the next column position did things start changing from last time...
The column had been lowered to the ground, as had another that previously existed nearby (just visible in the background, to the left of the tree in the centre of the picture).
The next column remained upright; this also appeared unchanged from last time.
Nearby was another toppled column.
The lantern was still visible in the undergrowth.
Again, the following column was untouched.
The column located adjacent the bridge, whose bracket had rotated away from the carriageway, now lay on the embankment.
One final column had managed to avoid this onslaught.
A final two columns were grounded...
The lantern fitted to this column was in the best overall condition of all the lights that existed on the road - most of its bowl was still intact, although the panel ordinarily beneath the lamp and made up of dimply Perpsex was cracked..
The final column visible showed evidence of scrape marks along the front of the column shaft - presumably, these were made by the machinery that was used to lower the columns.
I found one of the two bowl refractors partially buried in nearby soil, but couldn't see any other parts of the bowl.
Although the reason behind the columns' lowering is unclear, I suspect that the landowner ordered this work, owing to the increasingly precarious state of the bracket arms - there was potential that they would give way under their own weight and cause injury to anyone standing beneath them at the time.
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