Did you know that Reading has over 300 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 – we have funding to save more lamp posts!
We have an extra £25k to save more lamp posts! Read more here
Nearly all the 180 or so reproduction lamp posts with an access door will be kept (so good news for areas like Peppard Road, the Micklands area of Caversham and most of the remaining lamp posts in south Reading). These will be given a new swan neck and lantern and repainted. However, the older columns (the fluted design) are more expensive to refurbish as they need a separate bollard for the isolator circuit. With £25,000 of CIL funding we hope to save at least 40 of these, but realistically not all of them. More news as we hear it 🙂
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!