53b. Hallsteads Close, Dove Holes. Around thirteen years after the Thorn Beta 6 pictured on the previous page was spotted, two further examples of this rather rare twin 40 Watt 2 ft (600 mm) fluorescent lantern were found nearby. Despite the two sets being located on opposite sides of the road to one another, I am not convinced that their existence is simply coincidental - the columns and brackets are of a similar design (though these newly-discovered examples feature much rustier columns). One noticeable difference is the lack of a photocell control to the Hallsteads Close examples.
The two columns are installed alongside a low wall that provides a height change between two separate roadways. The inspection door was missing from this column, revealing a steel conduit 'Y' box, into which, terminated two mineral-insulated cables.
The lantern is missing its two lamps and their associated lampholders.
The two columns are spaced relatively closely together.
The lamps still remain in this lantern, and look to be in good condition. The operational status of the lantern is unknown, however.
These two installations were removed in their entirety on Saturday, 10th April 2021. Fortunately, I had asked the company that occupies the adjacent building (Leander Architectural) whether they would save for the lanterns for me if ever removal occurred, to which they agreed, and so the lanterns ended up in my Collection a few days later. Click here for details.
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