59b. Market Place, Crich. Located at the junctions of Bowns Hill, Sandy Lane and The Common are two 8 m columns supporting Thorn Gamma 3 post-top lanterns; nowadays, the lanterns run SON lamps, but may have run MBF lamps originally. Both lanterns are switched by means of Royce Thompson P9 photocells, mounted between the column and the lantern.

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An archival photograph taken from a similar angle shows that a 15 ft cast iron column supporting a two-way ESLA lantern was installed in roughly the same position in the past. The classic K6 red telephone box also features in the photograph; as does the nearby signpost (seen here prohibiting parking between the hours of "1 A.M. and 6 A.M."), although the pole was painted black and white back then, and also supported a Parking sign.

     

I would love to know how the P9 photocells are attached to these columns (due to the narrow diameter of the tapered column shaft) - long bolts, maybe!


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