209. Lynn Road, Gaywood, King's Lynn, Norfolk Situated opposite Queen Mary Road is a war memorial that also doubles up as a clock tower, with each of the four clock faces supporting a two-way ESLA Bi-Multi "AL2/S" lantern, employed to provide illumination over each face, as well as general road lighting too. The memorial dates from 1920, and was situated on the nearby junctions of Gayton and Wootton Roads originally, but was moved to the current location as traffic volumes increased. The ESLAs are a later addition; four lanterns installed on the corners of the structure, were affixed to brackets installed lower down previously, as proven here. Although designed to run low pressure sodium (SO/H) lamps, the lanterns have been modified to accommodate 80 or 125 Watt mercury vapour (MBF) lamps; the much shorter lamps being too short for the lanterns, and indeed, their characteristic facetted reflectors. Fellow collector Simon Cornwell has also discussed this installation on his own website; the page can be read here.
This is the 'south' face of the memorial, and the clocks were displaying the correct time...meaning that I had only a short amount of time to take these pictures before Popmaster began!
As the cast iron lanterns are likely to be "rather heavy", steel wire has been added at the top of each bracket, and attached to the memorial structure, in order to provide additional support.
Appropriately, the 'east' lantern is a 'mirror' image of the 'west' one.
The 'west' lantern lantern is seen again in the foreground, while the 'north' lantern peers out from behind the tower.
The usual raised lettering, indicating the beam angles of the lantern, and cast into the upper side of the lantern body, is visible in this close-up.
The 'north' (left), 'west' (centre) and 'south' (right) lanterns are seen from below.
The old sodium lamp support is long gone, although its former position is visible further along the lantern. The supply cable passes above the lamp and terminates into a three-pin bayonet lampholder; this being another alteration made when the lanterns were converted to run the mercury lamps. The lantern's earth bond is visible to the left of the lampholder, using a bolt that appears to have previously served in securing a cover over the lampholder area.
The 'south' lantern appears to have retained its lamp support, or at least, part of it.
This view of the 'east' lantern shows how the two pairs of wings on the lantern are separated, although they are all part of the same casting.
An array of pipe adaptors converts the bracket's diameter of 3/4 inch BSP to a wider size in the lantern.
As the war memorial is Grade II listed, these lanterns may well outlive the Philips SGS 203s seen on the modern column in the background.
The same lantern again (notice the missing mirror facet), from a slightly more diagonal angle.
Finally, the 'north' lantern is seen in all of its (slightly faded) glory.
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