Malvern Gas Lamps.

Malvern Gas Lights.Malvern Gas Lamps.

Anyone who has read or knows ‘The Lion, The Which & The Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis, maybe interested in a little story about the Malvern gas lamps. Apparently, Lewis & some friends had been drinking in what is believed to have been the The Unicorn public house (Beer and all things drinkable, for those not familiar with the term) on the corner of Belle Vue Terrace Malvern. It had been snowing and on the journey home, Lewis is said to have been inspired by the sight of these lamps glowing in the falling snow, he is quoted as saying “that would make a very nice opening line to a book”  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe used that image as the children enter the realm of Narnia.

Both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien regularly visited and walked in the Malvern Hills.

Many of the lamps have been restored and listed as historical items; so although at one point ‘Bean Counters’ decided they were costly & should be removed, common-sense prevailed and about 109 were saved.

5 thoughts on “Malvern Gas Lamps.

  1. So…the engineer part of me has to ask: Does someone have to light these lamps each night or have they been fitted with an electronic ignition?

    1. It seems with what I have found out so far is that they have been refurbished with new burners but keeping the original look. They use 70 or 80% less gas than originally & I think your right about electronic ignition.

    1. Thanks, yes it is a book I have always enjoyed ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
      Never realised the connection until I did some investigation about Malvern.

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