Stanton and Staveley concrete lamp posts
Late 1930s - 1950s Stanton and Staveley (first generation)
These lamp posts were very well made and loads of the bases of these lamp posts still survive today, but sady most of the tops have been replaced. The tops were originally either a concrete swan neck or a concrete deco bracket, and the lamp was usually either Revo or GEC. It is VERY RARE to find one of these with the original top and lamp.
Also notice the detailing on the concrete. A lot of thought went into the design of these, unlike modern day lamp posts.
Photos taken in Gillingham in 1990 of orginial 1950s Stanton and Staveley swan necks.
Today there are still some about in Medway, but they have been horribly modernized. But it is still nice to see the classic Stanton and Staveley detailed bases which are still in great condition after all these years.
Theres one in Worthing that has had the lamp replaced with a 70s Eleco lantern small version.
Late 1930s - 1950s Stanton and Staveley MAJOR ROAD (first generation)
These are rare as major roads have their lamp posts replaced more often. These have similar styling to the normal first generation Stanton and Staveleys but with a more chunky base and the detailing has been made taller. To find one of these with an original top in ultra rare. I haven't found one yet.
Modernized 1950s Stanton and Staveley major road edition near Croydon.
Very odd 1950s Stanton and Staveley major road edition in the middle of a green in Newington. It must have originally had a very bright lamp to light up the whole neighbourhood around the green. This is very strange. The lamp must have been something like a Revo Festival. Sadly the lamp was replaced in the 70s/80s.
1960s - mid 1970s Stanton and Staveley (second generation)
These have very different styling to the first generation. These no longer have the classic Stanton and Staveley detailing on the base. Also, they no longer had styling features such as a deco bracket. Almost all of them had a straight bracket, swan neck was avalible but hardly any were built as swan necks were now considered old fashioned.
These lamp posts start off being square shape at the bottom and some of them gradually change along the post to being octagon shape at the top, while the other design of these changes quickly from square to octagon just above the door at the base.
An original one in Newington
Modernized one in Newington with ugly 90s lamp
The other type where the shape changes just above the door. This one is located on Sheppey.
Theres a few in Rochester with the lamp replaced in the 90s
Heres one near Canterbury with an older lamp
And a similar one at Manston Airport.
The lamp on this one has been replaced with an 80s/90s Philips. A very odd looking combination.
RARE - When this one was modernized they kept the original 60s GEC lamp and re attached it to the new metal top. (located in Bexley)
The uncommon second generation swan neck in Hythe. (lamp replaced in the 80s?).
1960s - mid 1970s Stanton and Staveley MAJOR ROAD (second generation)
These are fairly rare. These also no longer have deco brackets, but there is still somthing about these massive concrete lamp posts which looks awesome. There are not many unmodernized ones left.
An original one in Broadstairs. Just one original one remains amongst loads of modernized ones. The lamp is original and is a Phillips MA series.
VERY RARE AMAZING MASSIVE AWESOME LAMP!!! This one is located outside an entrance to factory in Northfleet (Kent). These are exquisitely rare.
By the way, just to get things in perspective, the gate is 2 meters tall, and the lamp post is 8 meters tall. It just looks smaller because of the oversized lamp distorting your sense of scale.
There are a few modernized ones on Sheppey
Mid 1970s - early 1980s Stanton and Staveley (third generation)
These are Stanton and Staveley later lamp posts. They are plain looking, but have a nice smooth texture and they have a slightly red colour to the concrete.
Not that many of these lamp posts were built because by the early 80s concrete had gone out of fashion. Since 1967 Stanton and Staveley had been owned by the large company and rival lamp post manufacturer British Steel. By the 1980s Stanton and Staveley was being dispanded, with some parts of the company being merged into British Steel and the Stanton Iron works being sold off. So when demand for concrete lamp posts dried up the lamp post part of the company dissapeared along with the rest of the company. There is no offical date when Stanton and Staveley stopped trading.
And anouther in Gillingham. This one has a 70s Eleco latern style lamp.
Mid 1970s - early 1980s Stanton and Staveley MAJOR ROAD (third generation)
Even though these are not that old, there isn't many unmodernized ones about. Over the last 15 years councils have done a lot on major roads. This has meant replacing a lot of lamp posts even ones that are not that old.
Original third gen major road edition in Margate (all of the others around the area had been modernized, just one original one remains). The lamp is a Phillips MA series.
Modernized third gen major road edition in Birchington
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