212. Roushill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Attached to one of the town's famous timber-framed Tudor buildings is a lantern of unknown design (although, it looks familiar to me, and I cannot recall why!). This may be a sole survivor from a much earlier lighting scheme in the town, as no other examples appeared to exist by 2022.
The bracket is attached to two iron girders with concrete between them - a possible past means of strengthening the elderly building. The lantern may still be in operable condition, as a bracket-mounted photocell is attached to the beam behind.
The lantern's canopy is cast iron, as evidenced by the rust patches emerging through the paint.
An 'Across Road' marker exists in the centre of the bowl's underside.
With the building being so distinctive in its own right, the little lantern is overlooked easily.
The hinged refractor bowl is secured with a wing nut located on this side of the lantern.
Around the corner, on Mardol, is another wall-mounted light, although this is a modern faux-Victorian fitting that is of little historical interest. What are interesting, however, are the objects located further down the wall.
The lead service cable for this light terminates into a much older Bleeco 2256 cast iron fuse box, with a Venner MSQP time switch being a later addition. Although the time switch has a cable connected, if it is still live, it no longer switches anything, as the left-hand (load) terminal has had its wiring removed.
This close-up of the time switch reveals that the dial is set at about 6 am in late December, rather than about 11 am in mid-March, as was the actual time and date!
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