Derby's Street Lighting PFI Contract

Vicarage Road, Mickleover (Part One)

The equipment being removed consisted of the following items in 1997:

Seq. No. Lamp Number Location Lamp Type Watt Isolation Point
1 36542 OS TOILETS SXPL3 35  
2 36543 OS 11 MANOR FARM SXPL1 35  
3 36544 OS NO 14 SXPL3 35 Y - ISOLATES 102295
4 36545 OS NO 23 SXPL3 35  
5 36546 OS NOS 29/31 SXPL3 35  
6 36547 OS NOS 37/39 SXPL3 35  
7 36548 OS NO 49 SXPL3 35  
8 36549 OS NOS 57/59 SXPL3 35  
9 36550 OS NOS 42/44 SXPL3 35  
10 36551 ON GREEN ENT TO PK SXPL3 35 Y - ISOLATES 27666, 27667, 27669,

36552, 36557, 36558, 36561 AND 36563.

11 36552 IN FOOTPATH O/S NOS 83/85 SXPL3 35  
12 36553 OS NOS 58/60 SXPL3 35  
13 36554 OS NOS 111/113 SXPL3 35  
14 36555 OS NO 103 SXPL3 35  
15 36556 OS NOS 84/86 SXPL3 55  
16 36557 OS NOS 139/141 SXPL2 35  
17 36558 O/S NO 102 SXPL1 35  
18 36559 OS NOS 147/149 SXPL3 35  
19 36560 OS NO 159 SXPL3 35  
20 36561 JNC FENTON RD SXPL2 35  
21 36562 OS NOS 167/169 SXPL3 35  
22 36563 OS NO 138 SXPL2 35  
23 36564 OS NOS 175/177 SXPL3 35  
24 36565 OS NO 191 SXPL3 35  
25 36555 OS NO 197 SXPL1 35  
26 97895 OS NO 205 SXPL3 35  
27 102294 JUNC UTTOXETER RD FL 8  


102295 O/S NO 14 ON L36544 FL 8  

The following photographs were taken on Saturday,12th February 2011.

The first new column on this road is installed, just out of shot in the photograph below, on the left-hand side of the road.


The illuminated 'Give Way' sign at the Uttoxeter Road was set to be replaced as part of this scheme. The signlight fitted is a Pearce Gowshall L68/25 twin 8 W fluorescent fitting. It is not original to this post; it having been fitted after the previous L68/25 was removed into my Collection for preservation, due to it being of the rare configuration of having both lamps wired in series from a 13 W ballast. Although many of Derby's fluorescent signlights operated constantly (even in daylight), this signlight is an exception; a vintage Venner MS2SP time switch located in the signpost base switched this fitting. It was fitted after a resident complained about the signlight's continuous operating. The time switch was last reset on Sunday, 31st October 2010 - after noticing that the signlight had been operating at peculiar times, I decided to take a look at the time switch, and sure enough, it was set incorrectly...very incorrectly, in fact - at approximately 9 o'clock in the morning, the time switch's dial was approaching midnight, and the date wheel was set to June! A quick resetting of the time and date soon saw the signlight operating correctly again!


A 6 m tubular steel column supporting a WRTL Arc lantern running 70 W SON-T was the first actual street light on the road. This column was installed in the mid-2000s, when the new Mickleover Library was constructed. Previously, there had been a sleeved Stanton 7 concrete column installed here. The old column was fitted with a (1950s'-'60s) direction sign indicating the location of some adjacent public toilets. The sign was not attached to the new column as the toilets had been demolished in order to make way for the library building. The supply for the toilets was also connected from this column.


The new columns installed on this road are 7 m in height; this is perhaps why the 6 m column was not retained for this scheme.


The following column was still a 5 m Stanton concrete, however. The lantern fitted was a mid-1980s' Thorn Beta 5 35 W SOX lantern. Incidentally, most of the outgoing lanterns along here were Beta 5s.


Another 6 m column followed, although this pre-dated the arrival of the library building by several years. Curiously, another Beta 5 is fitted, even though 6 m columns would normally have been fitted with 55 W SOX lanterns; for example, the Thorn Beta 2. The above inventory records suggest that illuminated sign 102295 was fitted to the original column (which supported a top-entry lantern), but a dedicated post had since been provided and the sign plate and light fitting had been attached to that instead. A note for the previous column's records suggests that the lantern was converted to photocell operation at some point; possibly in 1984. Prior to this, the lantern may either have been operated on time switch control, or group-switched from elsewhere.


The signlight bracket was surprisingly rusty, even though it was probably no more than ten years old when removed. The signlight here is a Forest City LA428. The previous column-mounted signlight was fitted on Monday, 12th August 1996. It is unknown as to whether the illumination on the sign was first provided then, or whether this signlight replaced an older, damaged unit.


A shorter tubular steel column, supporting a top-entry Beta 5, was next. The original column 36544 (the column pictured above) may have been of an identical design to this column. The lantern had been fitted with a Royce Thompson SC1000 photocell at some point since the commencement of the PFI. The lantern's ignitor (silver-coloured cylinder above the lamp) can be seen in the close-up photograph. Once the column had been decommissioned, this lantern was rescued into preservation, along with the other top-entry Beta 5 that once existed on Vicarage Road - details of this installation are on the next page.


Even privately-owned lighting installations were not safe from the PFI - though, if this old gas lantern (converted to electricity and running a tungsten lamp) and cast iron column are removed as part of these works, I think the owner might be a little "annoyed"!


Back to concrete columns for the next few installations, and this particular column was the only concrete to be fitted with a Philips MI 26.


The lantern's bowl was secured with a long cable tie.


A new column position had been selected opposite the Catterick Drive junction.


The work to sleeve these columns occurred in the late 1990s (after 1997, as my inventory records still have the columns listed as unsleeved) - this Beta 5 would be contemporary to when the column was sleeved.


The adjacent BT / GPO wood pole looked decidedly elderly, judging by the style of the insulators and finial at the top of the pole.


The next old/new columns were situated outside a house that had never had a driveway built into the front garden (the previous occupant didn't drive, so this isn't surprising). Had a driveway ever been constructed (or if one is built in the future), the column's position would require altering. Prior to sleeving, this column was fitted with a top-entry Beta 5.


This may have been why the next column was a newer tubular steel, and was situated on the central boundary line between two properties - both have driveways.


This remotely-geared Beta 5 was at least thirty years old when removed - Thorn changed the stainless steel bowl clip (as seen here) to a plastic toggle in 1981.


A house that had lain derelict for many years provided a rather unusual backdrop for the next column. Ironically, by the time that these columns were replaced, demolition on the property had finally commenced.


This column was once the group-switching point for several other installations in the vicinity. The column may have remained the supply point for these columns until they were removed, but the group-switching itself would have been decommissioned long ago.


An Abacus base-hinged column supported a Beta 5 that lit an adjacent footpath.







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