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General Category => Shoreham Discussion => Topic started by: Rayna on June 23, 2018, 06:22:36 am

Title: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on June 23, 2018, 06:22:36 am
Does any one know what has happened to the lamps on The Norfolk Bridge ?
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Nelson on June 29, 2018, 02:43:22 pm
Your enquiry Rayna reminded me of  the original 1823 lamps, two at each end of the suspension bridge. Superb cast iron sculptures that, albeit without their glass ball lampshades, actually survived the demolition and replacement by the 1920’s steel bridge but seem to have been ‘lost’ when the latest road bridge was built.
The two existing  lamps at the north end of the bridge are poor replacements compared with the originals and a close up of them before they were removed shows low quality plastic balls with mock metalwork painted on them.
Perhaps the angle of the balls and the insubstantial curled metalwork supporting them seems to suggest that corrosion in the forty or so years since their erection had made them unsafe?
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on July 02, 2018, 06:06:50 pm
Thank you for your comments.
 I miss seeing the globes, I thought they were quite distinctive for Shoreham by Sea.
I canít seem to find out who owned them and if they will return, perhaps more grand as in the originals
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Nelson on July 03, 2018, 10:48:38 am
I should have mentioned Rayna that we're also asking around to see if they will be replaced and will post here if we found out anything.
 
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on November 20, 2018, 08:37:49 am
Paid a visit to Tates 'Paradise Park' last week and noticed that they had the two lights ex Norfolk Bridge there.....should have taken a snap !
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on December 02, 2018, 08:51:14 am
Iím holding my breath as it looks like they are putting the lamps up today Sunday 2nd December 2018.
If they go up I will post a photo 👍
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Nelson on December 02, 2018, 06:31:20 pm
Any news Rayna?
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on December 03, 2018, 08:02:11 am
I guess that there was too much rayn yesterday ?
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on December 03, 2018, 09:43:19 am
They have stopped I think it was raining too much, fingers crossed they will return next Sunday.
Then I will post a photo and say hurrah👍
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on December 10, 2018, 02:50:20 pm
Yaaa one up one more to go
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Nelson on December 11, 2018, 07:34:59 am
Well done Rayna - you could well have a career on SBS as a roving reporter/press photographer!
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: swissgardens on December 12, 2018, 12:20:53 am
Rayna, good determination. Not certain if your job is 25% done or 50% done i.e. are there meant to be 2 lights on the other end of the bridge? You know me well enough to know I wish you the best of luck in getting all the lights replaced.
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on December 12, 2018, 07:29:21 pm
I am totally confused..... In the photograph there are two supports for the light globes with only one fitted. In Paradise Park,Newhaven there are two seemingly identical cast iron suports, painted green, with both globes fitted and described as being from Norfolk Bridge.
Are they duplicates or did they come from the other end of the bridge I wonder ?
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: swissgardens on December 13, 2018, 12:00:10 pm
I think I can answer johnjohn. On the old bridge there were 2 lights on the Shoreham side (East Side) and 2 on the Lancing side (West Side). If you look at the meridian-airmaps-1980s photos then photo 0-11996-B-1.jpg shows the old bridge. Zoom in and you can see on the West end of the bridge a stone plinth either side of the road with a column on top. I believe these to be the lamps which johnjohn has seen at Paradise Park.

The new Norfolk bridge has no lamps at the West end of the bridge but still retain the old or replicas of the original ones which were at the Shoreham (East  Side) of the old bridge. Which means with the new lamp recently fitted then 50% of Rayna's objective, to get the lamps replaced, has so far been achieved.
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on December 13, 2018, 08:03:40 pm
Thanks for the explanation....it looks as if we should have a word with Mr Tate and ask him to return the other two lamps like the Greeks who want the Elgin Marbles back !
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on December 16, 2018, 06:51:40 pm
The Shoreham side have finally got both lamps fitted,so I can now rest easy as I feel my mission is complete.👍
It would be good if Lancing end had their lamps but Iím very happy with Shoreham having theirs back.
The new lamps that have been replaced are not the same as before so maybe Tates have the old ones.

Thank you every one for all the advice on this matter.

Happy holidays and a fab New Year.
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on December 17, 2018, 09:45:41 am
Completion 😃
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on December 17, 2018, 08:09:41 pm
Completion?...not quite !....How about the other two?........do you remember that in 1950 a group of Scottish students removed the stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey not of course that I am advocating anything !
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on December 17, 2018, 08:11:30 pm
P.S. It was on Christmas Day
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on December 18, 2018, 01:51:11 pm
This is where I pass the baton over to you John John 😉
We all expect to see, The Lamps returned by next Christmas at the Lancing end of The Norfolk Bridge.
The very best of luck 🤪
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on December 18, 2018, 07:51:16 pm
Unfortunatlydue to age and infirmity I am unable to take up the baton, however, we have in our stables the humanoid that was used to rescue Nelson from the Crown and Anchor roof this can be operated after dark and could do the trick
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: Rayna on December 21, 2018, 04:40:17 pm
Love it thatís just what is needed to finish the task. Send it off to Tates 😃
Title: Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
Post by: johnjohn on December 21, 2018, 08:00:13 pm
Unfortunatly it is currently drafted on a special assignment at Gatwick Airport on standby with the seine net option installed.