The Holloway lighting column is a favourite of ours at William Sugg and Co Ltd. When the Royal Holloway University was built in 1879. William Sugg and Co Ltd were asked to create and install the columns in and around the University. This Holloway lighting column is the original design of these columns. The column consists of a traditional Victorian design that includes decorative features to suit any setting. The image displayed on our Holloway Column web page features the column with a Windsor Lantern, however there are many other lantern designs available to pair with the Holloway Column. Available in both cast Aluminium or Ductile Iron, the main fabricated roots of the Holloway Lighting Column are manufactured from steel and are fully welded and galvanised for a durable installation solution. The Holloway Column is available in one height only, of approximately 3 metres, and is concealed flange-mounted for maximum strength. It can also be provided with a concealed bolt-on root section to help with the ease of installation.

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Materials used for Holloway lighting column

The materials available for the William Sugg and Co Ltd’s Holloway Lighting Column is a choice between cast aluminium or ductile iron. Depending on the choice, there is a possibility that there may be a pattern modification to accommodate the material. There are many benefits of using both aluminium and ductile iron. Some of the advantages of using aluminium and ductile iron for lighting columns is that the metals are lighter than other materials making the installation of the columns quicker and easier. Another benefit of using aluminium and also ductile iron is that they are both corrosion resistant, helping to reduce maintenance costs. Both materials can withstand all weather conditions and can be placed in all areas including coastal towns and cities. Lastly, aluminium and ductile iron both are very strong metals, making them the ideal solution for lighting columns to hold the lantern and withstand any damage from the surrounding climate.

What did column lighting look like in the Victorian times?

The Holloway lighting column is based on an original Victorian lighting design from 1879. Many of the lighting columns manufactured during this era featured similar design details. Most of the columns feature a horizontal bar placed near to the lantern at the top of the column. This isn’t just for aesthetics, this bar was a place lamplighters would lean their ladder against for them to be able to light or extinguish the lanterns at dusk and dawn. Many of the column lights also featured intricate design features to reflect the fashion and style of that particular year, some of these were particularly flamboyant. Nearly all of the columns included a plaque signalling the name of the founder of the light. The column usually supported a simple, four-sided glass lantern which was made from metal and featured a large ornament design on top. The lighting columns were illuminated by gas up until the late 19th century when the first electric street light was introduced.

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If you are looking to add a touch of tradition to your space the Holloway Lighting Column is a great choice. Get in touch with our team of lighting experts today to discuss your options.