OLDER lights around St Mary's Parish
Church in the centre of Nantwich have been removed and are being replaced with
At first, I thought it was
a shame to see examples of Nantwich history being lost and
replaced with some modern, shiny silver alternatives.
I was sure
the old lights were Victorian. However, an old 8mm
cinefilm I made about the church back in 1960s reassured me they
couldn't be much older than the early 1970s (old enough to anyone
under 35, but quite recent for someone of my generation ! ). The
frame from the film (left) shows one of the lamps in situ in 1967 -
a much more modern looking lamp than the ones that have just been
Having learned more
about the reasons for the change, I am sure there isn't anything to
worry about. The lamps in the Well, in particular, I learn were
rusted at the base and so, presumably, at risk of falling on some
passer-by - with the inevitable compensation claim. Also, the lamps
had developed a fault which meant they couldn't be turned off! So
they were disconnected.
Next, I was assured that
once the lights had been fully installed they would be "aged" to
make them in keeping with others in the town centre area. They are
already a number of lights around the perimeter of the churchyard
which have been there for a while - as shown by the peeling black
As long as the new lights
are the same style as those, everything should be well. I was all
set to do a "knocking piece", stating my disgust about the change
when I heard what was planned.
By coincidence, while I was researching
the story, Darren McDean (calling himself "True
Dabber") sent me an e-mail asking: "Am I the
only person who's
concerned by the introduction of new lighting and the removal of the
old style lampposts around the church? I think it's disgusting what the
council are doing in the conservation area."
I e-mailed him back,
telling him what I had heard, and a happier Darren replied:
"It sounds good that they're going to 'age' the posts."
He sent me a couple of
pictures (left and right), with one illustrating another gripe he
had with the changes. This was the one showing where a trench had been dug
between two old gravestones in the south-east corner of the
churchyard. He assumed it was for the mains cable, adding: "Not very
I don't know what, if anything, happened
during the digging of the trench, so I can't comment on that.
no further comment will be needed. See the official reply from a
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council Department below.