Edinburgh New Town
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Photo from Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection SL/90/8.
Photo taken June 2, 1956
This photo comes from the Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection held by
Edinburgh City Archive. There is no photographer's name or other
information on the photo, apart from the date: June 2, 1956.
I assume that the photo was taken to show the newly installed lamp post
in the middle of the photo, but it was the old tricycle with large wheels
that I found to be more interesting.
Duns, Borders, Scotland
Thank you to Steven Oliver for
confirming the date of this photo:
"The photos of Drummond Place and
Great King Street would both have been taken in 1956:
Great King Street
Similar columns were erected nearby, at the
same time, in:
- London Street
- Dublin Street.
These are early Concrete Utilities (CU)
Highway X columns; these continued to be installed in Edinburgh until
1989 for complete installations
as casual replacements. The lanterns would have been tungsten ones
originally. These were replaced, around 1960, by sodium lanterns.
The columns in:
- Great King Street
- London Street
- Drummond Place
were replaced by modern 'designer'
installations in the early-1990s, but some of the Dublin Street examples
still remain as of early 2011.
"There is a way of dating these columns.
I have a feeling it may be too technical for the general readership, but
I'll include it for reference:
Lamp Post Dates
Early Concrete Utility Highway X
columns had a slim base compartment around where the service door
is. From the late-1960s onwards, the base compartment became
From 1983 onwards, all new
concrete columns featured a code below the service door. e.g.
D22F, where '22F' indicates 'Concrete Utility Highway X columns',
The first letter of this code gives the year:
D=1983, E=1984, etc. ... P=1995
Duns, Borders, Scotland: January 27, 2011