Call to save Bishopston's remaining Victorian lampposts

April 25 2013
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A man who has helped preserve one of Bishopston’s few remaining Victorian lampposts in the street he grew up in is calling on other residents to take action to look after the rest.

Call to save Bishopston's remaining Victorian lampposts

A man who has helped preserve one of Bishopston’s few remaining Victorian lampposts in the street he grew up in is calling on other residents to take action to look after the rest. Falmouth Road lamppost

David Henderson, an engineer who grew up in the area in the 1960s and 1970s, approached the city council to restore one of the historic posts in Falmouth Road. It has now been painted and given a new swan neck as well as an isolation box to meet European standards.

Mr Henderson, who now lives in London but visits his family in Bishopston at weekends, said: “Bristol as a whole has lost loads of these lampposts over the last 20 years. They really enhance an area, I believe. You go down roads that have had them removed and replaced with motorway sticks – it spoils an area.

The council has been upgrading its modern street lights to cut energy use, but is reviewing how it will deal with the city’s older lights. Mr Henderson said he felt there has been a move away from the approach that saw so many of the lights removed in the past.

He said: “They’re not quite so quick to take them away any more. I grew up here in the 1960s and 1970s and was always aware of these nice posts that other cities didn’t have after the war – Bristol is unique in that sense.

“Lots of people in Falmouth Road have commented on how nice the lamppost looks.”

A spokesman for the city council said more than 20,000 modern street lights have already been upgraded to energy-saving, cost-saving white lamps, cutting energy usage by 40 per cent. Cast-iron columns and some older lights have not yet been altered because of the high cost, and the council says it is reviewing how to deal with the lights.

The spokesman added:  “The aim will be to try where possible to provide heritage-style lanterns on new columns with embellishment kits to give them the appearance of cast-iron columns. We will also be retaining cast-iron columns and putting heritage-style lanterns on top. We will be consulting on the strategy as it progresses and no firm decisions have been made as yet. These works, if approved, will happen over a number of years so it is unlikely that lots of columns will be upgraded in the near future.”

Mr Henderson said he was aware of Victorian lampposts in Berkeley, Claremont, Broadway, and Cranbrook roads.