Edinburgh World Heritage works with the City of Edinburgh Council to conserve and reinstate original street lighting in various locations around the World Heritage Site.
Edinburgh World Heritage funded partly by Historic Environment Scotland, as well as a number of other public bodies, and a wide range of individual and corporate supporters.
The lighting scheme in Circus Lane was undertaken in 2001, with the support of an Edinburgh World Heritage grant. Before the project took place, the lane was lit by 1960s-style orange lamps creating a gloomy atmosphere. The City of Edinburgh Council agreed to replace the original lamps. Windsor style lighting on brackets seemed to be the most appropriate to the area. Moreover, in order to improve the architecture of the lane and its safety, it was decided to increase the number of lamps from nine to twelve. Two of them were for the tenement gable ends, two others for offices and eight for residential houses. All of these lamps were placed on the north side of the lane.
The Lynedoch Place Lighting Scheme was first proposed in 2007 by the Residents’ Association, and was implemented as a joint initiative between the residents, Edinburgh World Heritage and the City of Edinburgh Council. The costs were shared equally among the three main stakeholders in the project. The goal was to restore the railings and their lanterns, to enhance the street and return it to its historic character. The lights used were produced by Ballantine’s Bo’ness Iron Co. Ltd, one of the few companies in Scotland still using traditional methods of producing cast iron, based on research.
On the opposite side of the street along Belford Road, five lamp standards of a compatible design were also installed. Additional works included cutting back overgrown hedges and the reinstatement of railings.
William Street was another beneficiary, from the City of Edinburgh Council’s Capital budget for street lighting improvements. Traditional lighting columns were installed here and Alva Street. Together, the partners decided on an ornamentally detailed cast iron column with a base plinth and a ladder rest plate below the lantern. This choice of design has been informed by its historical content – it is a reproduction of a gas standard lantern drawn by William Burn in 1827. The date matches the period of building of these two streets.
Other lighting scheme work has taken place at 33 Melville Street.