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Three gas street lamps

A Grade II Listed Building in West Malvern, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.11 / 52°6'36"N

Longitude: -2.3478 / 2°20'52"W

OS Eastings: 376276

OS Northings: 245799

OS Grid: SO762457

Mapcode National: GBR 0FM.M87

Mapcode Global: VH934.8759

Plus Code: 9C4V4M62+2V

Entry Name: Three gas street lamps

Listing Date: 7 November 2001

Last Amended: 1 February 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1389560

English Heritage Legacy ID: 488246

Location: West Malvern, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, WR14

County: Worcestershire

District: Malvern Hills

Civil Parish: West Malvern

Built-Up Area: Great Malvern

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: West Malvern St James

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Summary


Three cast-iron C19 gas street lamps.

Description


Lamp at NGR SO7622245865
The tapering Windsor lantern is supported on four scrolled brackets, set on a tapering octagonal column with a heavily-moulded octagonal ring; it has a moulded base set on an octagonal plinth with ogee stops. There is a distinctive single ladder rest with an upturned terminus.

Lamp at NGR SO7624845823
The tapering Windsor lantern is supported on four scrolled brackets, set on a tapering octagonal column with a heavily-moulded octagonal ring; it has a moulded base set on an octagonal plinth with ogee stops. There is a distinctive single ladder rest with an upturned terminus.

Lamp at NGR SO7627645799
The tapering Windsor lantern is supported on four scrolled brackets, set on a tapering octagonal column with a heavily-moulded octagonal ring; it has a moulded base set on an octagonal plinth with ogee stops. There is a distinctive single ladder rest with an upturned terminus.

History


In 1851, permission was given for the building of a gas works at Sherrards Green in Malvern, the first to be built in the town. It opened in 1856, with the capacity to serve around 500 houses in the vicinity, as well as 200 street lamps. Further gas plants were opened around the town, and eventually all of Malvern, even remote locations, was provided with gas street lighting. In 1872, a lamplighter was paid 14s a week to light the lamps each evening. In total there were around 250 lamps, of which around 100 are still lit by gas, with a hand-wound clockwork mechanism to light them automatically. A further 125 have been converted to electric lighting; there are some replica lamp posts, and a few have been tapped off or lost entirely. The lamps were cast by a number of foundries, many of which were local, others much further afield, including Sheffield and Manchester. The lanterns were supplied by William Sugg & Company which was founded in London in 1837 to provide elements for gas lighting, and Foster and Pullen Ltd of Bradford.

The three lamps on The Quabbs were installed in the C19.

Reasons for Listing


The three C19 gas street lamps on The Quabbs are designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Intactness: the lamp standards are intact, and they remain lit by gas;
* Technological: they illustrate a technology which once transformed everyday existence;
* Group value: they form a functionally- and spatially-related group along the path;
* Historic interest: as part of an extensive network of similar gas-lit street lamps which survive across Malvern.

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