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Dragon and Onion Lamp Post Behind Number 23 Imperial Square

A Grade II Listed Building in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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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

Plus Code: 9C3VVWWF+H4

Entry Name: Dragon and Onion Lamp Post Behind Number 23 Imperial Square

Listing Date: 14 December 1983

Last Amended: 26 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1388165

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476163

Location: Lansdown, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

County: Gloucestershire

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

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Listing Text


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 ยป9.15s.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

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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