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As a follow-on from my post on link-boys, a few photos of torch extinguishers. But first a picture of a link-boy who would, for a small fee, light the way. Please note the torch or link extinguisher on the fence.

linkboy

linkboy from tywkiwbi.blogspot

In 1878, the 4th volume of Old and New London was published. This volume was written, or compiled if you prefer, by Edward Walford. The previous volumes had been written by Walter Thornbury, but he died in 1876. Walford includes a section on Berkeley Square, illustrated by these lovely torch extinguishers. Although the ones left in the square are in most cases not quite as ornate, they are still well worth going to see as relics of bygone days. Does anyone, by the way, know what the rings on top of the ironwork are for? They look like basketball hoops without the net. [Update: thanks to the British Library Flickr photostream, I now know that these hoops contained upturned glass bowls which contained a light, illustration below]

E. Walford, Old and New London, vol. 4

E. Walford, Old and New London, volume 4, [1878]

lamplighter

Lamplighter, c. 1800 from Charles Knight, London (Source: British Library Flickr photostream)

Below photos of extinguishers that can still be found in London.

43-44 Berkeley Square

43-44 Berkeley Square

49 Berkeley Square

49 Berkeley Square

48 Berkeley Square

48 Berkeley Square

47 Berkeley Square

47 Berkeley Square

46 Berkeley Square

46 Berkeley Square

44 Berkeley Square

44 Berkeley Square

50 Berkeley Square

50 Berkeley Square

More information on Berkeley square itself can be found in the posts by Exploring London and London Life with Bradshaw’s Hand Book.

St. James's Square

St. James’s Square

Amen Court

Amen Court

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

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