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Bright idea for the World Heritage Site

EWH has awarded a grant to help reinstate traditional lamp standards in the World Heritage Site.

Oct 8, 2013

The extra funding of £4,200 will enable the production of a specially patterned mould to produce lanterns to an authentic appearance. The new lamps will also be of a higher quality design which will age much better, reducing the need for maintenance and regular replacements. Right: Detail from photograph of the High Street, taken in 1883. Courtesy of www.capitalcollections.org.uk.

The traditional design is based on an original photograph showing lamp standards on the Royal Mile, and a surviving glass bowl in the city museum’s collection. Using this evidence a scale model was produced by Edinburgh resident Andrew Kerr, which will enable the manufacturers to reproduce details for their new reconstruction. Work will start on the mould in a few months, and it is hoped to see some of the new lamps installed in some areas of the New Town next year.

Left: The new replica lantern.

The project is part of an on-going initiative between EWH and the City of Edinburgh Council to develop, manufacture and install authentic replica historic lamps within the World Heritage Site and adjacent Conservation Areas.

The new reconstructions will replace aging concrete lamps posts as part of the city’s regular programme of maintenance.  The authentic lamp standards will not only enhance the appearance of the city, but their gentler and more atmospheric lighting will also be more in keeping with the architecture of the city centre.

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