The Original Victorian Cast Street
How did we ever allow these beautiful Victorian cast lamp posts to be removed & replaced by tacky modern urban style street lighting that can now be found jn so many of our picture post card villages.
If you are fortunate enough to still retain any of these old victorian lamp posts in your village please arrange to have them listed, we would be happy to restore them for you as they then look as good as the day they were installed over 100 years ago. We believe that these old Victorian cast lamp posts should be restored along with our finger post sign projects as they both represent our road side heritage
These period lamp posts can be rewired to modern day safety standards & refurbished at very low cost.
Please do what you can to save them as so many end up like this one, at the end of a private drive instead of in the village high street. The Sussex village of Ditchling has retained all of it's original gas lamp posts which have now been converted to electricity, some of these are the original LB&SCR railway station lamp posts from Lewes Station. the other flutted types were all made locally at Lewes.
We look upon these attractive,character, Victorian cast lamp posts as close counsins to our cast Iron & wooden finger post signs as they all stem from the golden age of elegance that led us into the edwardian period, maybe we should have done far more to protect them from being replaced by their ugly modern counterparts ?
C.S Lewes Made Old Victorian Lampposts become Very Popular With His Wonderful Creation Of His Children's Classic Story Of The Lion, ''The Witch & The Wardrobe''
Lucy discovers the Victorian Lamppost In the Winter Forest of Narnia
My Latest Lamppost Restoration Project In Kent
A New Windsor Lantern Is Require For This Restoration
as this one is too badly damaged to economically repair.
Part One of the Refurbishment is that the entire cast column is taken back to bare metal, We pickle the old paintwork with an alcohol based paint remover, the next stage is the heating of the ironwork with a blow torch followed by a wire brush and sand paper rub down from top
to bottom. The original casting detail is now fully revealed.
After dusting off the metalwork is given tow coats of red Oxide Primer followed by 2 coats of satin finish Hammerite Exterior metalwork paint.
Here you see the bare metal casting with all its original detail clearly visible.
After many hours of preparation the cast column is now ready for its two coats of Red Oxide Primer
Now the cast iron lamppost column is ready for the two coats of Satin Hammerite Smooth Exterior Metalwork Paint. After the completion of the painting the new copper Winsor lantern is fitted to the support frog on top of the lamppost column.
So This Is The Completed Lamppost After Being Fully Restored To Better Than It's Original Condition
This Lamppost Was Cast In A Foundry In Lewes In The 19th Century But Now It Looks As If It Was Made Just Last Week But It Still Retains All The Charm & Elegance Of The Past
Finally the new conduit & replacement heavy duty cable is fitted into the lamppost column & proximity censor which will bring switch your lamppost on as you approach your driveway gate.
We restored this old Victorian Lamppost last year. It Was actually made locally in Lewes at the old Iron Foundry.