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Some 20 years ago I photographed the wonderful old gas lamp in Pool Passage which I estimate was made around 1826. It had been converted to electricity but was still in mint condition and even had its magnificent "barley sugar" twisted wrought iron stem.
Several years later I was gutted to see that it had been replaced  with a modern monstrosity. Although only a lamp, I felt removal of this  historic artefact was an act of vandalism by somebody sitting behind a desk. Furthermore, it bothers me to think that the original lamp just ended up on a scrap heap somewhere.

By Roy Grant (28/02/2008)

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