142b. The Horse and Jockey Public House, Church Lane, Selston, Nottinghamshire Installed in the car park are two cast iron columns with swan neck brackets supporting ESLA Bi-Multi two-way lanterns. Although both installations are 'old' in themselves, they are relative newcomers at this location, having been installed at some point in the decade spanning 2009 - 2019. Their history is unknown, although the likelihood is that the two columns were purchased by the pub from a reclaims yard or similar, in order to provide illumination to the outdoor seating areas after nightfall. Both columns will pre-date the swan necks and lanterns, having supported gas lanterns originally.

Both columns are to the same pattern, and both have only a single ladder bar. There is a possibility that the second ladder bar was removed during the Second World War, in order to provide material for the War Effort.

Whilst the ESLA lanterns date from the 1930s, the A.C. Ford swan neck brackets could be around thirty years later. The mirror facets on both lanterns are in excellent condition for their age, with very little damage having occurred, and few facets having gone missing. An LED retrofit lamp designed to mimic the appearance of a traditional tungsten filament lamp is fitted here.

The mirror facets on this example are plain. Thus, the intended lamp for this lantern would be one with a pearl finish.

A double-sided Newbridge (Horstmann) time switch box is positioned between the column and the spigot. This would have housed the hand-wound mechanical time switch for the gas lantern originally. Notice that, as the original retaining bolt employed to secure the facing door has been lost through time, a plastic cable tie has been used as a substitute.

The column was cast at the Browns Foundry in Derby. Although no longer involved in casting work, the company remains operational to this day, and supplies materials and equipment to the building trade.

The second column is much the same as the first, although the swan neck is slightly more functional in its appearance, having a right-angled pipe bend as a means of supporting the top-entry lantern, rather than the more ornate finial design of the other installation.

The lantern is installed facing backwards on this bracket, despite having 'Path' and 'Road' indicators cast into the top sides of its two distinctive 'wings'. There is the possibility that it was angled this way around after being installed here, owing to its position in relation to the seating area, but I would suspect that it remains, largely, in as-removed condition.

A halogen candle lamp is fitted here. This ESLA features the same type of frosted mirror glass that exists on my own example, where a clear lamp was intended to be used. Given that lamps of the 'correct' finish are employed in both lanterns (even if the lamps themselves are the wrong type from an authenticity perspective), I would like to think that whoever installed them had an appreciation of ESLA optics!


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