Did you know that Reading has over 200 old cast iron lamp posts, many of which date from the Victorian era and were manufactured in our town?
With the advent of LED lighting around town, these old lamp posts are under threat – without your support they could all be scrapped and replaced with anonymous-looking plain modern steel columns.
These old lamp posts aren’t automatically rendered obsolete by LED technology. Many of them originally supported old-fashioned gas lamps and were converted to electricity during the 20th century by adding a swan neck bracket – and they can all be converted to take LED lighting.
LATEST NEWS – lamp posts refurbishments have started at last!
The refurbishment programme for the Victorian former gaslight columns started in early June 2019 and is expected to finish in July. As of the end of June all the lamp posts in Addison Road have been refurbished and converted to LED technology, along with the remaining lamp posts in York Road and Northcourt Avenue. The columns in Addison Road have now been repainted as well and look really great! It appears that the painters are following on a couple of weeks behind the SSE refurbishment team. Most of the lamp posts in Wantage Road have also been refurbished, along with a handful in Franklin Street, Chestnut Walk and Charles Street. The cluster around Clevedon Road in Tilehurst will be upgraded in early July. We hope that about 50 of these columns will eventually be refurbished, and that they will grace our streets for many more years.
Nearly all the 180 or so reproduction lamp posts with an access door will be kept, which is good news for areas like Peppard Road, the Micklands area of Caversham and most of the remaining cast iron lamp posts in south Reading. These will be rewired internally, given a new swan neck and lantern and repainted. A few such as those in Brunswick Hill have already been finished, including painting. We expect this programme will accelerate when the gas columns have been finished.
Reading’s old lamp posts are a valuable part of our heritage – take a look at our map to see if there are any near you and show your local lamp post some love!