The Anglepoise lamp was designed by George Carwardine, an English automotive engineer who developed a theoretical concept for balancing weights while working on a new design for vehicle suspension systems. He soon realized the possibilities of his theory, and in 1932 joined forces with Herbert Terry & Sons, the manufacturer who supplied springs to his factory, to produce the first line of Anglepoise lamps. The Terry family still produces Anglepoise today.

Terry publicized the Anglepoise by emphasising both the precision with which its beam could be focused on a particular area and its energy-saving potential. One of the benefits of the Anglepoise was that it worked perfectly with an inexpensive 25 watt bulb, which was as efficient in the Anglepoise lamp as a 60 watt bulb would be in another light. Today, Anglepoise lamps come with an energy saving lightbulb in every box.

The British wartime government contracted Anglepoise to produce lamps for navigator chart tables on RAF bombers. Almost fifty years later, in 1986, a team searching for the Loch Ness Monster found a WWII Wellington Bomber. When the plane was raised from the water and fitted with a new battery, the Anglepoise still worked.

In 1979, Robyn Hitchcock, the lead singer of the punk group, “The Soft Boys”, wrote a song called “I Want to be an Anglepoise Lamp.”

Anglepoise Giant in the Roald Dahl Museum.

Anglepoise Giant outside Brook Farm General Store.


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