EVERY time I walk through Trafalgar Square, I see something different. It may be one of the most familiar places in London but it can still surprise. This week it was this cherub on a lamp-post near South Africa House that had been left with a tear drop by a too-thick coat of paint.
Trying to find out who had designed the cherub, I came across a site by the company who designed the original gas lamps in the square itself and who then refurbished them for electricity. The site is a wonderful diversion into such oddities as the ‘ventilating lamp’ and early gas fires.
William Sugg & Co had a showroom in Charing Cross Road, so it is perhaps no surprise the company supplied lamps for Trafalgar Square and roads around it:
At the end of the 20th century during the refurbishment of Trafalgar Square, three original William Sugg lamps still in their original positions were refurbished by Sugg Lighting and re-mounted on new cast lamp posts erected back in the Square, whilst a set of slightly smaller scaled versions were designed and manufactured and fitted around the Square on the walls from which the originals had been removed.
Installing a lamp-post in Trafalgar Square is in itself a problem as much of the Square is over the Underground station. The ‘new’ Sugg posts are bolted to 1 metre diameter steel plates just below the original stone slabs.
PS Ever noticed the sharks in the fountains in Trafalgar Square?