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The First Traffic Lights in England.

Traffic Lights.

Traffic Lights with Black & White stripes on the poles.

Don’t think these are the originals, though!

Although I had noticed the black and white posts on these lights, it hadn’t really registered. Many of you will remember the days when street signage used to be on black and white poles. If you look on the “Hooded Ram”, you will see a blue plaque by the door. It wasn’t until I spotted this and read the sign that I discovered the significance. It explains that the first set of traffic lights in England were trialled here in 1927, with a permanent installation from October 1928.Interestingly, the early set weren’t on poles, but suspended, American style, above the roadway. See the historic shot below. The building behind the bus is the Royal London building featured previously.

Early Traffic Lights in Wolverhampton.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 20 Apr 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 67mm
  • F/5
  • 1/80 sec
  • ISO 500

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