‘Dolphin lamps’ frame London’s riverside scene

'Dolphin lamps' frame London's riverside scene

The building of the embankment that hugs the river Thames running through central London in the late 19th century meant that lighting was required for it to be a safe place for people to stroll.

Designed by George John Vulliamy, the superintending architect of the Metropolitan Board of Works, the unusual lamps were built into the retaining river wall on the south bank in 1870. They were intended to resemble dolphins, but I am not so sure of the resemblance myself! See what you think if you are walking along the south bank soon.

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