Shobnall Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Situated at the former entrance to the Imex Business
Park are two sectional conical steel 'Adastra' columns, made by Poles Ltd., and
supporting top-entry lanterns resembling Philips HRB 'Area' fittings. The site
became the Business Park in 1991, but was the home of the bottling stores for
Ind Coope Brewery for many years until closure in 1987. The buildings were
demolished in 2018, and by 2021, the land was being redeveloped for housing,
although these two columns - the final remnants of the site's earlier use -
remained at the time, but had gone by March 2022.
The two columns are situated in an
'opposite' arrangement either side of the entrance and exit roads. Formerly, a
gatehouse / security office was located in the centre of the road.
As well as the tapered design of
the columns, the brackets taper inwards as they leave the column.
'Adastra V3B' is etched in the
cast finial that tops the column.
These particular lanterns are intended to be run
open, without any covers on their undersides. The result of this is that the
curved aluminium reflectors are now corroded heavily. The lamps are believed to
be 400 Watt Mercury Vapour (MBF), with the control gear (potentially) dating
back to 1961 - a fellow Collector remembers there being some wall-mounted
examples, and recalled the gear for these carrying manufacture dates from that
Oddly, the upper sections of the second column show
more rusting than the lower sections do. A former worker at the bottling stores
recorded a video on the last day of its operation, on the 24th December 1987.
The column is seen in
this portion of the video. Scroll to the 13:50 mark too, as one of the
wall-mounted examples is seen in detail.
The paint had all but worn off the outreach section
of the bracket.
A small section of non-tapering pipe links the
bracket to the top-entry elbow.
While the two column-mounted examples were removed,
a wall-mounted HRB was discovered by Dwight on a short alleyway that is accessed
from nearby Curzon Street. The building to which it is attached must have,
formerly, been part of the brewery site too.
The reflectors on this are also corroded, and the
lamp is smashed.
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