Sugg Rochester Lanterns
"It must date
from c. 1950 as the railings outside the Round Church which appear in
earlier pictures have been removed for the war effort. On the left is a
reasonably clear view of one of the standard Sugg gas lamps which at that
time were used on almost all the main roads. The lantern doesn't have side
reflectors but in other ways it is very typical of them. You can see the
little box for the winding gear, allowing the lantern to be lowered to
street level for maintenance, on the right hand side of the column about 5
or 6 feet from the base. On the right is a post mounted Sugg which I don't
remember in this particular location, but it would have disappeared fairly
early when the first Richardson Candles were installed." - Pete Rivet
"I took this around 1980; it shows one of the recycled gas columns,
still with an open sodium lantern though the neighbouring ones have enclosed
ones. Except for the pale green colour it's much as it would have been in
the late 1950s. You can see clearly the openings for the original gas
fittings on the left hand side of the column." - Pete Rivet
The history of these open sodium lanterns in Cambridge is somewhat vague. Many could still
be found on the city’s streets in the 1980s, although they appeared to be randomly placed within the ranks of the
BTH and AEI Ambers. Some were even mounted on modern trefoil brackets near the Catholic Church; this all suggested
that they were used as casual replacements for the Amber lanterns.
But, archive photographs show that some streets were entirely lit by these lanterns e.g. Histon Road. Therefore,
in these cases, the enclosed Ambers were the replacements. Pete Rivet also recalls that the open lanterns were
the first to be installed and were then shortly replaced by the Ambers.
Many were still being used until the early 1990s when the vast majority were replaced by Thorn Alpha Nines.
One lone example remained on the eastern section of Mill Road until 2002. I hoped to rescue it for the collection,
and also to identify it, but it was mysteriously smashed in-situ and its ragged stump was replaced by a Philips lantern.