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Banstead Village

The Victoria - Banstead High Street.
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The Victoria - Banstead High Street.

The Victoria at the Western end of Banstead High St. The date was originally estimated as 1930 but closer inspection of the original postcard shows that the cinema poster is for a film called Cain and Mabel released in 1936.
Note the unusual electricity pillar.
Picture added on 16 November 2009 at 16:08
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I can tell you a bit more about the "lighting pillar box". In fact, street lighting was its secondary use, the lower section (with two doors on opposite sides) contained an electrical transformer to provide power to the local area. There were also two more doors above, one gave access to the high voltage fuses and the other side the low voltage (240 volt) distribution fuses.
The high voltage (2,000 volts) was supplied from Sutton (the old power station site being next to the railway station on the south side of the tracks). When the power station closed, 11KV/2KV transformers were installed here to provide the 2KV supply needed for distribution. (33KV was supplied from Croydon Power Station to Sutton where it was transformed down to 11KV).

Added by Dennis Skinner on 16 November 2009
Thank you for solving the mystery of the "green box" that I remembered as a child; I have scoured the internet to find out what it was used for. As a small child it appeared larger!! We used to have one on the corner of our road in Cheam.
Added by Carole Evans on 04 July 2012
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