National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Bull Stake Sewer Gas Lamp


Type Readymade , Street Furniture

     This replica of an original lamp which was used to burn off sewer gases from the head of the main.
     When the traffic island on which the original Sewer Gas Lamp stood was removed, it was decided to preserve this unusual item of Darlaston heritage, however the current lamp is a replica. There is some contradiction about exactly how and when the lamp was replaced. The cast iron base of the lamp is from an original 1902 overhead-wire standard (1). Turn of the century photographs show the lamp on Bull Stake traffic island to have three lanterns (2). A 1960 photograph shows a single lantern like the present replica (3). Raven states that, 'The lamp was repositioned. . . on top of an old tramway pole' (4) indicating that the lantern is the original; but Timmins contradicts this saying, 'the lamp was re-erected on its present site but as soon as this had been done, the lantern was smashed beyond repair' and therefore 'the present one is a replica' (5). The tramway pole is however almost certainly the only British Electric Traction Company pole now standing in a public street. The lamp was recommended for listing to the Secretary of State in April-June 1984.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
unknown, None Restorer
unknown, None Other

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Lamp stand Metal, painted black 330cm high
Base Cast iron, painted black 137cm high
Lantern Metal and glass 110cm high, Overall height 575cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwaDAvh001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • None
  • Graffiti
  • Surface damage
Road The Bull Stake
Precise location Junction of Pinfold Street, Walsall Road and Darlaston Road, bottom of Kings Street precinct
A-Z ref 32 4B
OS ref SO977966
Date of design None
Year of unveiling c.1977
Unveiling details c.1977
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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