189. Woodfield Grove, Chester Thanks to fellow collector Arlen Moulton for informing me of these Survivors. Installed along this short cul-de-sac are three 15 ft Concrete Utilities 'Avenue 2D' concrete columns with 'Arc 2' top-entry brackets, which may be original to when the road was constructed. Today, these lanterns support top-entry Thorn Beta 5 35 W SOX lanterns, but may have supported tungsten filament lanterns originally.
The rear portion of the Arc 2 bracket is damaged, exposing the internal steel construction. A Royce Thompson P42 two-part detector is fitted, suggesting that the lamp control gear is installed in the column base.
I believe that the overlapping curve was more than just a decorative feature; it was intended to act as a counterbalance to the heavy bracket (and lantern). A Beta 5, even with integral gear, is unlikely to be heavy enough to pose any structural issues for the installation as it stands presently.
The triangular base is a characteristic of this style of column.
The second installation is in much better condition (the third is just visible in the background).
This lantern retains its P42 detector too.
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