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Concrete Utilities' Museum Of Street Lighting

As part of their Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1974, Concrete Utilities founded a museum devoted to street lighting. Local authorities were invited to donate columns, brackets and lanterns; manufacturers offered archival material.

By 1980, the collection had grown, and exhibits could be found all over Concrete Utilities' sprawlling Ware headquaters.

In the 1990s, the company sold off part of their land for development, and moved into their smart, new offices. Part of the collection also moved with them, and their antique lighting equipment is now clustered around the main building and in the car park.

The following pictures are hardly representative of the whole collection, being quickly snapped by Lee Gale when he visited CU Phosco to write his piece for The Independent.


The view as you drive past CU Phosco's main office building.




A wind generated, solar powered P777 stands amongst antique cast iron columns, with a gas lantern in the background.




Some of the post-top gas lanterns fronting the main building.




In one part of the car park is the 'concrete graveyard' of older CU columns.