New lights to shine on Charles Church

Plymouth’s memorial to the Blitz will be seen in a different light from next week.

From Tuesday night (June 2) Charles Church will be illuminated by a new set of lights which have been installed on the monument at the top of Exeter Street.

The church, which dates back to the 1600s, was entirely burnt out by incendiary bombs in 1941 and remains a memorial to the city’s residents who lost their lives during the Second World War.

The new lights have been installed as part of a Council project to put the city’s landmarks in the spotlight.

The LED lighting system is in a cool white range, which contrasts with nearby street lamps. The lamps are freestanding and have been installed in a wire cage for protection. The recessed lights that were in place have been removed.

A more intense light will shine on the face of the church and four very powerful ‘reach’ lamps will light the spire from the ground. These replace the lights that had been installed at the top of the tower but had failed. There are around 50 main lights and each elevation of the church will be illuminated.

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance said: “Charles Church has a very special place in the hearts of Plymouth people. With VE Day only recently celebrated, it is important to remember the sacrifices made by this city during the Second World War. We must never forget and keeping this memorial in the spotlight is a simple way to remind people of Plymouth’s past.”

Plymouth people expressed overwhelming support to improving the lighting for the church following a number of trials last November. LITE ltd designed and installed the lights supported by Hydrock and Hyde Park Electricals.
This application is the second of four that will be made later in the spring as Mayflower Steps and Mount Batten Fort are all being prepared.