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Latitude: 51.8964 / 51°53'46"N
Longitude: -2.0771 / 2°4'37"W
OS Eastings: 394788
OS Northings: 221983
OS Grid: SO947219
Mapcode National: GBR 2MB.3N3
Mapcode Global: VH947.YL8L
Entry Name: Dragon and Onion Lamp Post Behind Number 23 Imperial Square
Listing Date: 14 December 1983
Last Amended: 26 November 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1388165
English Heritage Legacy ID: 476163
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
Electoral Ward/Division: Lansdown
Built-Up Area: Cheltenham
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Cheltenham, St Mary with St Matthew
Church of England Diocese: Gloucester
SO9521NE TRAFALGAR STREET
630-1/18/970 (West side)
14/12/83 'Dragon and Onion' lamp post behind
No.23 Imperial Square
(Formerly Listed as:
2 "Dragon and Onion" Lamps behind
Nos.23 and 33 Imperial Square)
Lamp post. First lit 16 February 1897. Probably designed by
the Borough Engineer, Joseph Hall and cast by Messrs McDowell,
Stevens and Company. Cast-iron. Tall standard with arched
lampholder with dragon infill. Onion-shaped finial. Plinth
supported by bollards with town shield and motto: 'Salubritas
et Erudito'. Designed for electricity, and thus an early and
remarkably elaborate example of its type.
HISTORICAL NOTE: cost »9.15s.0d. The motif is taken from the
coat of arms of the borough, granted to the town 11 years
after its incorporation in 1876.
There are other examples of the type in Cambray Place (qv), St
Mary's Churchyard, Church Street (qv) and Regent Street (qv).
(Chatwin A: Cheltenham's Ornamental Ironwork: Cheltenham:
1975-1984: 67; Sampson A and Blake S: A Cheltenham Companion:
Cheltenham: 1993-: 7).
Listing NGR: SO9478821983
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