Welcome to the Veitch Lamp Post Trail website.

The Veitch Lamp Post Trail celebrates Exeter’s famous Veitch family of plant-hunters and the city’s proud history of engineering.   The route is a trail of lamp posts close to significant Veitch points of interest.  Each period cast-iron lamp post has been restored and then painted by botanical illustrator Kate Wilson to depict a different plant from the vast catalogue of plants brought back to England by the Veitch plant-hunters.  The plants are familiar garden plants well-known and well-loved by gardeners throughout the country.  The 16 decorated lamp posts are in the area of  the Veitch nurseries, a Veitch orchard and their family home .

The trail includes a 17th lamp post in Bystock Terrace.  This is a ‘garlanded Garton & King’ civic lamp standard painted by signwriter Mark HillThe civic lamp post is of particular interest because it is typical of special lamp posts which used to be erected in front of the homes of Exeter’s mayors.

We are grateful to Devon County Council Locality Fund and The Lottery Awards for All grant which has made this project possible.

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This is a St David’s Neighbourhood Partnership Project working with Bury Meadow Residents Association

The lamp post photographs and all drawings on this site are subject to copyright and must not be used without permission  from the copyright holder, Kate Wilson.