William Sugg & Co

Traffic Signs

(This is an element of ‘Lighting‘)
Apart from illuminating signs externally with ‘ordinary’ gas lamps there were many traffic signs with gas illumination built in.

 SUGG302 550

HALT image 31 cut 260  FRIERN cut 260

HALT & SLOW signs using the Sugg Sign Illuminator
(Note how the light illuminates both up and down)

 SUGG14 344 ht  Keep Left image32 260  Belisha demo SUGG63 344 ht

KEEP LEFT sign internally illuminated with 2 lt superheated burner with Comet igniter and Horstmann time clock, flanked by ‘Belisha Beacons’, the one on the right being the exhibition display model.

Gp B Southport Hyde Park 550 grayscale

Gas lit Guard Posts either side of the Southport Lamp
(See Lighting/Street Lamps/Southport)

8000 4 lt & Sign Illuminator 2 lt 260

Sign Illuminator for No Through Road and ‘8000’ Lamps
(See Lighting/Street Lighting/8000 Lamp)

Copyright © Chris Sugg 2006-13

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Site Background & Header

The background to the site is a modern picture of Westminster, the ‘home’ of William Sugg for so many years. It was taken from the roof of The House of Lords during a visit by the Heritage Group of CIBSE in 2004 and centres on Westminster Abbey. The header carries a woodcut of ‘Vincent Works’, the Sugg factory, which might well have been visible from this vantage point. William used this on one of his letter heads. The first and oldest logo also shows the intimate connection with Westminster as it carries the Westminster portcullis with the inscription ‘en avant’ – ‘in advance’. The second logo replaced the earlier one around 1920 and was used right the way through the century until the ‘modern’ era when the ‘flame’ logo was applied to the new era of gas heating equipment with the new factory in Crawley.

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