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#342673 - 16th Aug 2009 3:49am Old Wirral Street Furniture
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I thought I would start this topic as a catch-all for pictures of bits and pieces we can find along the roads of Wirral. These may be electricity or water boxes, gas street lamps, post boxes etc - whatever you find - happy hunting.
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#342674 - 16th Aug 2009 3:52am Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Hamilton Square, I suspect this is the base of an old street lamp that has been capped. There is a large door on the side facing the camera (I realise now what a rubbish angle I chose!)


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#342675 - 16th Aug 2009 3:58am Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Parkway, Meols. I suspect this is/was and electricity cabinet, generally the green colour and the manufacturer (Hardy & Padmore) would indicate this.

The company ceased production in 1967 and started in 1814.


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#342676 - 16th Aug 2009 4:03am Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead (from water filling points thread)





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#342677 - 16th Aug 2009 4:07am Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Arno Road, Prenton, the remains of an old gas lamp.


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#342689 - 16th Aug 2009 11:35am Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I'm curious to know who did the artistic paint job on the Parkway box. It's probably not the electricity company because time is money to them, so was it a private effort? Very interesting!
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#342692 - 16th Aug 2009 12:07pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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The Hamilton Square one is obviously an original tram standard, dating back to electrification in 1901. They're not all the same,though. Some samples attached:


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#342693 - 16th Aug 2009 12:26pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: bri445]
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Oops! Rechecking, I've noticed they are all the same and this pattern is everywhere in the old photos of the borough. It's not obvious why these should be different unless a special type was used for the prestigious Hamilton Square.
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#342702 - 16th Aug 2009 2:09pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: bri445]
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Thanks for that bri, you are most certainly right on that, I thought is a bit heavy duty for a street lamp.

Anyone else got/know of any old street furniture that still exists. Don't worry about pictures, they can be sorted easily enough, so just descriptions and location would be fine.
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#342712 - 16th Aug 2009 4:19pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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cool topic, i'll keep my eyes peeled.
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#342714 - 16th Aug 2009 4:35pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: Sanchez]
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Yes, i'll keep my eyes peeled. V.interesting. All this History under our noses!
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#342761 - 16th Aug 2009 9:02pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: RUDEBOX]
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found this in the 70s bidston village on the old moreton rd. think it must be old lamp post? bottom corsair car park on left


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#342770 - 16th Aug 2009 9:31pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: kimpri]
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Good find Kimpri!
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#342778 - 16th Aug 2009 10:05pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Great subject and pics really interesting to think we pass these things everyday and don't notice.
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#344058 - 22nd Aug 2009 4:47pm Re: Old Wirral Street Furniture [Re: angie]
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Heres one for the History buffs of Wiki Wirral.

I am wondering what this is. There are a few of them in Hoylake around the kings gap area. This one in particular is about half way down Stanley road.



I guess it may have something to do with old gas street lights. Perhaps it housed a constantly burning flame for the man whos job it was to light the lamps in the area?. Any ideas?.


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