168b. Station Road / Trent Lane, Castle Donington, Leicestershire Situated on a footpath behind this rather pointless roundabout is an abandoned 8 m tubular steel lighting column supporting a Thorn Alpha 9 90 W SOX lantern. The installation is likely to have become abandoned when the roundabout was constructed, and the old Donington Lane closed off, in the mid-1990s, in order to facilitate the construction of the A50 Derby Southern Bypass. No other pre-roundabout installations survive, and why this one has is a mystery, as it is not at a location where it could have been forgotten easily.
The old column stands rather forlornly behind its modern-day counterparts.
Presumably, the carriageway used to exist in what is now the grass verge and banking to the left of the footpath.
Owing to the age of dereliction of this installation, a Royce Thompson P5 photocell is fitted to the lantern. Whilst these would have been common when the roundabout was constructed, by the time of photographing in May 2019, such photocells were very rare on street lighting lanterns.
The underside of the bowl is damaged, allowing a layer of moss to form on the inside. The lamp appears to be missing, along with the lampholder from its fixing bracket.
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