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CS Lewis – Malvern Gas lamp.

Gas lamp.

Gas lamp in West Malvern.

Still shining a light.

The link may be a little tenuous. It may even be apocryphal. It is said, though, that CS Lewis, when walking home from a Malvern Pub with his friends JR Tolkien and George Sayer, got inspiration for the opening description of Narnia in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. He had attended school and the college in Malvern, so would have been very familiar with scenes like this. Even if the story is true, the chances are that this is not the Gas Lamp concerned.

You may be surprised to learn that even today there are 104 in the area. 20 owned by the Town Council, 25 by West Malvern Parish Council and the balance by Malvern Wells Parish Council. This one, being situated in West Malvern, is likely to be owned by that Parish Council. Across the whole area there are apparently 10 variations of design from 5 manufacturers dating back to the Victorian Era. However, they have all been refurbished an modernised to bring each gas lamp up to suitable standard for the 21st Century.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 2 Feb 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/10
  • 30 Sec
  • ISO 100

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