Derby's Street Lighting PFI Contract
The Hollow (North of Hedingham Way), Mickleover
The equipment being removed consisted of the following items in 1997:
|Seq. No.||Lamp Number||Location||Lamp Type||Watt||Isolation Point|
|1||90641||OPP NO 1||SXPL3||55|
|90642||OS NO 3A||SXPL3||55|
|3||90643||O/S OLD HOLLOW COTTAGE||SXPL3||35|
|4||90644||JUNC F/PATH TO MADELEY CT||SXPL3||35|
|5||90645||OS SCHOOL GROUNDS||SXPL3||35|
|6||90646||JUNC FOOTPATH TO SCHOOL||SXPL3||35|
|7||90647||O/S ENTRANCE TO CAR PARK||SXPL1||35|
|8||90648||AT CLOSED OFF END||SXPL3||35|
Lamps 9-16 are on the South of Hedingham Way section of The Hollow.
The following photographs were taken on Saturday, 28th May 2011.
On Tuesday, 18th November 1930, Ivy House was sold to Sir John Ferguson-Bell, who soon afterwards, caused something of a stir in the village when he installed a street light within the grounds of Ivy House. Large crowds turned out to see this first street light in Mickleover. The Derby Daily Express interviewed him when the Clerk to the Rural District Council said the light had nothing to do with them. "Oh yes, I had it put there, at my expense," said Sir John. "It is at the entrance to my house and also serves the useful purpose of lighting an awkward turning in the road. I think it is a great improvement, because it was so dark formerly." [Taken from: Peter Brown, Mickleover Born & Bred, Book One]
What Sir John would make of the current relighting scheme, almost 81 years since the first street light appeared in Mickleover, is anyone's guess!
Owing to the lack of space for installing a new column alongside the old, the replacement column here would only be installed once the existing column had been removed.
One installation that is most definitely not planned for replacement as part of this scheme is the wall bracket supporting a long-abandoned top-entry lantern, which is possibly an AC Ford AC424, featured in Survivor from the Past article 11.
The singles cables supplying the lantern would nowadays be very awkward to remove due to the rendering applied to the building structure in later years.
A 6m column supporting a Thorn Beta 2 was the next outgoing column. As this road falls within the oldest part of Mickleover (a designated Conservation Area), the new lighting columns were slightly different to the typical installations installed throughout the rest of the City under the PFI - firstly, the columns were painted black, and were fitted with Metcraft 'Victoria' post-top lanterns; each running 60W CPO-TW.
As with the column supporting the Z9538, the new column would be installed once the old column had been removed.
The Beta 5's outreach had developed a noticeable downward tilt.
Looking through the front 'pane' of the lantern revealed that it was missing a crucial component if it was to light the road after nightfall - the lamp!
Another remotely-geared Beta 5 was next; its five metre mounting height allowing it to be situated below adjacent overhanging tree branches. As the replacement columns along here are 6m in height, the new lantern is firmly situated within the trees.
A small alcove had been built in the wall around the concrete column. I am surprised that this feature was not used to similarly 'house' the new column; it instead being situated about a metre to the left.
Another CU Phosco tubular steel column then followed.
The bracket on this installation was still correctly orientated. The lamp looked rather worn.
As the trees cleared, another new column could be glimpsed - this was installed away from its equivalent outgoing column.
Once again, the next new column was installed in a different position to an outgoing column.
The final new column was installed on the opposite side of the road, adjacent the turning circle/hammerhead for vehicles heading back up The Hollow. Although nowadays a cul-de-sac, this road was once the main road into Mickleover from the Havenbaulk Lane direction.
The lamp cap points towards the road. The reflector is at a slight angle (five degrees) in order to produce an asymmetrical light distribution.
Finally, another Beta 5 lit the final section of the cul-de-sac before Hedingham Way bisected the road.
The Beta 5 still sported a particularly shiny canopy. The 1990s' Sirebeck S300 photocell is likely to pre-date this lantern.
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