Esoteric London

No. 228: Pall Mall, SW1

Posted in Entertainment, Events by esotericlondon on January 12, 2011

Pall Mall, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

London was beginning to illuminate herself against the night. Electric lights sizzled and jagged in the main thoroughfares, gas-lamps in the side streets glimmered a canary gold or green – E.M. Forster, Howards End.

Although gas lighting was not installed in Pall Mall until 1820, F.A.Winsor – a pioneer in such lighting who lived a few doors away from number 100 (pictured above) – lit the thoroughfare on 4th June 1807 to celebrate the King’s birthday, to the delight of the crowds who flocked to see the spectacle well into the night.

Large parts of Covent Garden, the facade of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks are some areas that are still lit by gas today. A team of workman are employed to maintain these lamps, checking the mantles, setting the timers etc. R.D.

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