Large Factory Lights By Wardle Circa 1930s



  • £175.00 Each
  • €205 Euro
  • $241 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Large Factory Lights By Wardle Circa 1930s

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- Vitreous green enamel
- Cast iron tops
- Comes with 100cm of red braided cable
- Comes with 100cm of steel suspension chain and ceiling hook
- Takes E27 fitting bulbs
- English ~ 1930s
- 46cm wide x 40cm tall


Founded by Walter and Arthur Wardle in the 1890s, Wardle was one of the many new firms capitalizing on the emergence of the fledgling electrical industry. Building the firm up from its Manchester base, Walter and Arthur sold the firm to Chamen and Wilkinson in 1910, but the name was retained.

With Walter Wardle leaving for Australia, Arthur moved to Edinburgh and set up another Wardle engineering company (it isn't known if this was a subsidiary or an independent firm).

With the Edinburgh company closing in the 1920s, the firm solidified its trading from its Manchester address.

Family members were involved with Wardle until the late 1930s. (M H Wardle became an honorary member of the APLE in 1930 but he may not be related to the Wardles of this firm).

Wardle gained early promenance by designing the first commerical lantern for the low pressure sodium lamp. The Liverpool Lantern, a cut-off, was jointly specified and originally installed by Liverpool Council, the first city to widely adopt the new light source in 1933. The first installation of Philipscut-off lanterns on the Purley Way, Croydon was replaced by Wardle Liverpools on a catenary system in 1936.

Despite early successes, Wardle never gained the success of the larger manufacturers, and their products didn't get installed far from their Manchester base.

Wardle ceased trading in the 1980s.

Condition Report

Each lamp has been fully re wired with modern electrical components, the enamel will show signs of wear in the form of chips and dents.

As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ. It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come. All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm. If you have any further questions regarding the condition of this product or any others please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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  • H: 40cm (15.75in)
  • W: 46cm (18.11in)
  • D: 46cm (18.11in)



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Otto's is a family run business and was founded in Exeter, Devon in 2013, when we took on our first retail space in Exeters' up and coming independent area around Fore Street. I founded Otto's as a young 22 year old, after leaving my hometown of Coventry and my job in the construction trade, with a modest pot of savings as a start up!

The original shop dated back to the late 1800's where it had many incarnations, such as a butchers and a car showroom, it has always been a great retail space, full of character! We operated both our webstore and shop from here for 3 years before we sadly outgrew the space due to the expansion of our webstore.

We moved into our new warehouse & showroom in May 2016. We instantly fell in love with the industrial aspect of the space which is a complimentary backdrop for our stock. The warehouse provided us with a large retail space, stock room, office, workshop and loading bay and was a huge step forward from our humble origins.

The warehouse dates back to the 1930s, when it served as a Morris car garage, and a telephone exchange during the 1950's & 1960's. It retains all its original features including it's concertina garage doors, exposed pipework and beams.

Otto's is now run by a father & son team, Lewis & David Macskimming. David runs the workshop & restoration while I, Lewis run the website, shipping and logistics. We source stock from all over Europe and ship worldwide, providing well curated and sympathetically restored 20th century antiques.

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