Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Decorated Lamposts, Colyton, Devon

Named "the most photographed lampost in Devon", this beautifully painted, ornamental lampost is situated on a small roundabout near the Umbourne bridge at the eastern end of Colyton, and is an absolute delight. An unusually ornate Victorian cast iron post, the decoration includes a coat of arms on the base and a garland around the stem.

Some of the other details can be seen in the above photo,  painstakingly painted in colour against a white background. Apparently, there were several similar lamposts in and around the city of Exeter, but sadly they were sold off to private purchasers when new roads were built or old ones widened or redirected, and new, modern lamposts were installed. I believe a few of these found their way into private gardens.

The other lampost, below, began it's life as a drinking fountain. So, it isn't exactly in the same category as the decorated lamposts, but I felt it defintitely deserved a look and a mention.  By the way, apologies for the differences in the photos. I first took photos of both lamposts some four years ago, and used some old Kodak stock film that a friend had given me. The effect can be seen in the photo below; rather pastelly with a blue overcast. I hadn't originally intended to include the drinking fountain, so I re-took photos of the decorated lampost last year. However, now that I've decided to include it I haven't got the patience to wait until I can go back again to take more! Maybe later. :)

Erected on March the 10th, 1863, with the surplus of funds collected to commemorate the wedding of the then Prince of Wales. The inscription on the photo is quite clear to me, but having had a disastrous foray into a new LED widescreen monitor, I realise that my photo may look completely different to how it does on my now 'reverted back to' CRT monitor, therefore I've written out the words below. My eyes may never recover!

"March 10 1863 has been devoted to the erection of this fountain by the patriotic protestants of Colyton, as a permanent memorial of that national triumph and vindication of their own loyalty by vote of committee".

Interestingly, during the Monmouth rebellion of 1664, Colyton earned an entry in Chancery records as "the most rebellious town in Devon". As they had sided with the protestants we can see why they were keen to show their loyalty and be vindicated for their rebellion.

Manufactured by Garton & King, Iron Founders of Exeter, who can trace their trading history back to 1661. They have a fab website including a well documented history, which I've added below.

And another view of the first painted lampost, showing it's somewhat precarious position at the junction.

These photos and a couple more can also be seen in the Photo Gallery album.

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