183. Blackbrook Avenue, Hawarden, Deeside Thanks to fellow collector Arlen Moulton for informing me of these Survivors. Located near to the junction with the A550 Gladstone Way are a couple of vintage columns supporting top-entry Thorn Beta 5 lanterns; the older of the two being a GEC concrete column and the newer being a Thorn QC3 aluminium column with a 'Type 2' bracket; much the same as the example seen on page 181. The concrete column may have supported an AEI Amber Minor lantern originally (the forerunner to the Beta 5), although the aluminium column is likely to have supported its current Beta 5 from new.
The lantern fitted to the concrete column is in relatively poor condition, with its bowl held in place with a length of wire. To add insult to injury, its canopy is spattered with bird muck. A Royce Thompson P42 two-part detector is fitted, suggesting that the lamp control gear is installed in the column base.
What is likely to be the column's original GEC inspection door is fitted to the square-based lower section.
The QC3 column is considerably less monolithic in its construction. This Beta 5 is also newer; notice the plastic bowl clip fitted here, instead of the (failed) stainless steel clip seen on the lantern above. My 1998 Beta 5 features the plastic clip too.
An LED retro-fit lamp is employed in this lantern; a replacement for a 35 W SOX lamp that the Beta 5 is intended to use.
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