Belfry Lamp

 

 

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The latest bit of renovation of belfry artefacts has been carried out on the old oil lamp which lit the belfry before the introduction of electric lighting (being a village, this probably wasn't until the mid-1950s). This lamp probably dates to around about the time of the last rehanging of the bells (c. 1886), and it is fortunate that the lamp was never discarded (I don't know of many other towers which have retained theirs - Lydd is the only one which comes to mind). The lamp was filthy, probably never having been cleaned in its 100+ year history, and it was thrown in a corner up amongst the bells for long years (where I uncovered it some fifteen years since), and lay up there collecting dust, nesting detritus and bird droppings, probably for many years. The lamp-glass was long gone, but fortunately I had an inferior lamp I bought 'for a song' at an auction several years since, but the glass is perfectly fine and completes the tower lamp nicely. As I thought, the lamp is made of brass throughout. I have not sought to bring it up completely to 'as new' condition, but have polished up the main parts nicely, but leaving some tarnish in the harder to reach parts. I haven't yet researched the company 'Hinks' and it would be good to discover what level of quality they aspired to as lampmakers/suppliers. The lamp sits in a large iron framework which is suspended in the ringing room. No doubt pictures will circulate on the Facebook page tomorrow once the lamp is back in its rightful home.
Chris Cooper, Borden Steeplekeeper. 

 

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The lamp being lit by a member of Borden Heritage Group.

 

 

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