156. Mayfly Containers Ltd, Upper Mantle Close, Clay Cross Installed at the front of this industrial complex is a Stanton 8G twin-arm 25 ft concrete column supporting a couple of remotely-geared Thorn Alpha 7 MBF lanterns. The Alpha 7 is one of the rarer lanterns from Thorn's Alpha range, and so for two to be seen together is nothing short of remarkable. Worryingly, the bracket is badly spalled at the point at which it joins to the column, so the long-term future of the installation is uncertain, although at least as the lanterns are remotely-geared, they will not be quite as heavy for the weakened bracket to support as two integrally-geared lanterns would be.

 
 
 

The left-hand lantern looks to have a recurring problem with rainwater becoming trapped in the bowl.

 

The right-hand lantern doesn't appear to suffer from this problem...

 

...however, its bowl is cracked - much as the concrete of the adjacent bracket is!

 

As well as this installation from a bygone era, the building itself is also home to some rare lanterns - namely, wall-mounted Revo Jupiters. This version of the lantern is Revo's equivalent of GEC's Z8422/6 lantern, with the entire canopy being attached to a hinge that allows it to swing forwards, in order to facilitate maintenance.

 

These lights are possibly no longer in use - notice that there is a photocell-controlled floodlight located further down the wall; at the same height as the top of the railings reach in the above photograph.

 
 

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