Dolphin Lamps

Published 1 December 2013

Sturgeon Lampost on the bank of the Thames

Taking the Thames Path through central London will provide a plethora of iconic sights. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes. Tower Bridge, the South Bank, a big giant wheel and the Houses of Parliament.

And lining the path is something equally iconic, yet a lot more low key. They’re passed by millions of people a year, but how many people pause and take a look at the riverside paths Dolphin Lamps.

Why they’re called Dolphin Lamps, I can’t tell you. Most people agree that they look far more like sturgeon.

The lamps themselves show two sturgeon, coiled up round the lamppost column, and they first appeared in London when the Embankment was built in the mid 19th century. They were also initially only on the north (Victoria) Embankment, however in 1977 replicas were added to the south bank as well, in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Replica or original, they’re a fantastic piece of the urban landscape; a perfect compliment to the grander, more noticeable landmarks nearby.

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