Edwardian lamps in Maresfield get makeover

One of three Edwardian lamps restored by the Maresfield Conservation Group. This one, next to the church, was lit for the first time in living memory this year.

Three Edwardian lamps in Maresfield have been restored by the village conservation group.

They are next to the church, on the edge of the recreation ground, and next to the cemetery.

The lamps were donated by public subscription in 1902 to mark the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and it is believed that the royal couple visited Maresfield during Edward’s reign which ran from 1901 until his death in 1910.

Pat Palmer, chair of the conservation group said the lamps previously had work done on them in 1999. 

One of three restored lamps in Maresfield. This one is next to the recreation ground.

She was told that two, the one at the recreation ground and the other at the cemetery, had sensor lighting installed, but it didn’t work because when cars approached, with their headlights on, the lights went out.

This year all three lamps were removed so that broken glass could be replaced, copper could be repaired and cleaned, and new electrical fittings installed.

The lamps were then put back ready for their plinths to be sanded down and repainted.

The lamps, with the exception of the one in the churchyard, already had electricity connected, but needed updating to ensure compliance with current safety standards.

The one in the churchyard, with the agreement of the church, was connected to the church electricity supply and became fully operational in June, 2020.

Pat said this was the first time in living memory that anyone had seen it lit.

A third Edwardian lamp now restored in Maresfield.

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