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Historic Lighting Research

EWH is researching historic street lighting - can you help?

Jun 15, 2010

As a part of current research on the history of Edinburgh street lighting, a team from EWH visited the Ballantines of Bo’ness foundry. The aim of the visit was to see the metal casting process and samples of lighting standards from the New Town.

The foundry started in the 1820’s on its current site in Bo’ness and was formally established in 1856. Since then the company has been owned and run by the Ballantine family.

Ballantine’s are one of Britain’s leading iron founders creating metal works for all markets, from palaces to modest homes. The company still uses traditional founding techniques, and

The storage room of the Ballantine’s foundry contains many examples of lighting columns and railing mounted pillars, including the original pattern used for the production of lighting standards for the Lynedoch Place Lighting Scheme in 2007.

Can you help in our research?

Do you have any historical photos, paintings or other materials that can help the research?

You can e-mail images to us at info@ewht.org.uk or alternatively, if you would like to drop into the EWH office we can scan materials.

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