173. Powyke Court Close, Powick, Worcestershire Accessed from the Old Malvern Road and running parallel with the current Malvern Road, Powyke Court Close is home to two Concrete Utilities Byway-X 15 ft concrete columns; one of which supports an Arc 4 Single bracket and GEC Z8596 lantern. The second column now accommodates a WRTL 2600 lantern; previously, this was occupied by a CU Phosco P107 post-top. The type and wattage of the lamp fitted in the Z8596 is unknown, although it may still be running an 80 W MBF lamp. Even more amazingly, the lantern appears to be undrilled for a photocell, giving rise to the possibility that it is time switch controlled - such a combination could be considered all but extinct by 2017.

Given that I had a three-hour round trip just to photograph this one installation, you will appreciate that I took quite a lot of pictures of it!

 

The installation is in excellent condition, with no sign of any cracking occurring at the joint between the column and the bracket.

 

The lantern's glass bowl was hanging slightly ajar on the day of photographing, although, as the lantern interior still appears to be relatively clean, this probably occurred recently.

 

The column is situated on a rather sharp bend in the cul-de-sac.

 

The porcelain terminal block is visible within the lantern, along with an asbestos-sheathed wire leading to the lampholder.

 

The cable clamp (also porcelain) is visible here.

 

Judging by the awkward bend at this point, I would say that this part of the road was, itself, part of the Old Malvern Road originally, but became part of Powyke Court Close when the new, straighter road was constructed alongside.

 

The GEC logo is just about visible on the domed lantern canopy.

 

Newer 10 m tubular steel columns are installed on the main road.

 

Annoyingly, the bowl isn't quite open sufficiently for the lamp to be glimpsed.

 

The bowl comprises a refractor pattern that the GEC used for many of its mercury lanterns.

 

The bracket features a 500 mm outreach.

 

The unique 'drop-latch' style of locks that are employed to Concrete Utilities' columns were marketed as an 'anti-vandal' solution; however, they were almost too effective for their own good, with many present-day street lighting engineers not knowing the process by which to open them. This could be the reason for the insulation tape securing the door here, as the lock may have been damaged accidentally during a repair visit, or purposefully if the engineer did not have a drop-latch key to hand.

 

Newer column doors saw "Concrete Utilities Ltd" changed to the CU Phosco logo. Additionally, the option of conventional tri-head door locks was introduced as well.

 
 

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