87H. Bakewell Road, Matlock Installed in a narrow gap in a stone wall is the truncated stump of a Stewart & Lloyd 25 ft (8 m) tubular steel lighting column. Until houses were constructed on the land behind the wall, a further two similar cut-down columns existed. These three columns were superseded by new 10 m tubular steel columns supporting 150 Watt SON-T Philips SGS 203s in 1998, but were left in place to avoid leaving a gap in the wall, as well as to avoid damaging the stonework. After being decommissioned as lighting columns, the stumps served new lives supporting non-illuminated signage, although even that has been removed from the remaining old column these days. In the 1970s, the Stewart & Lloyd columns along this section of the A6 supported Thorn Alpha 1 90 Watt SOX lanterns, as proven by this 1978 photograph belonging to fellow collector Claire Pendrous, which was taken a little further up the road from where the stump columns were situated.
Despite no longer being used as a street light, the column retains its old maintenance number - T (for Trunk roads) 58510; the same number was allocated to the replacement column that was installed on the opposite side of the road.
The Derbyshire Green paint is peeling quite heavily from around the base and door section. This type of column door hinges to the right; however, owing to repair work undertaken to the wall in the early 2010s, there is no longer sufficient space surrounding the column to allow the door to open.
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