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Tilley storm lantern X246B May 1978: this model has been in production since 1964.
Operation of a Tilley lamp (Video)

The Tilley lamp derives from John Tilley’s invention of the hydro-pneumatic blowpipe in 1813 in England. W.H.Tilley were manufacturing pressure lamps at their works in Stoke Newington in 1818, and Shoreditch, in the 1830s. The company moved to Brent Street in Hendon in 1915 during World War I, and started work with paraffin (kerosene) as a fuel for the lamps.

During World War I Tilley lamps were used by the British armed forces, and became so popular that Tilley became used as a generic name for kerosene lamp in many parts of the world, in much the same way as Hoover is used for vacuum cleaners. During the 1920s the company had diversified into domestic lamps, and had expanded rapidly after orders from railway companies. After World War II fears about the poisonous effect of paraffin fumes, and widely available electricity, reduced demand for domestic use. The company moved from Hendon to Ireland in the early 1960s, finally settling in Belfast. It moved back to England in 2000.


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27 news items


Tue, 19 May 2015 05:55:45 -0700

I had to light the Tilley lamp to see what I was doing!” “I went from managing the rhododendron section to dispatch manager to preparing the plant material for shows all over England.” For this year's display Hillier created an exhibit called Crossing ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:59:15 -0800

I read my first Guardian Weekly by the light of a hissing “Tilley” lamp in January 1969. I was one of five people carrying out a biological survey of Kalbarri National Park north of Perth, Western Australia. One of us, an expat Brit, would often spend ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:41:13 -0800

We children were in awe of Oliver's talent for rapidly working out the quickest way to win at board and card games, in the evening, by the light of an ill-regulated Tilley lamp. Ted recognised Oliver's remarkable mental abilities and encouraged his ...


Thu, 28 May 2015 07:46:40 -0700

POTENTIAL rail gridlock across Essex could begin next week after a major union revived its plans for strike action. The RMT union has announced it will hold a 24-hour strike from 5pm next Thursday, followed by a 48-hour strike from 5pm on June 9.

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times
Sun, 04 Jan 2015 08:41:15 -0800

I had to learn how to light a match and light a candle and pump up a Tilley lamp because we had no power,'' she said. While continuing with her sporting endeavours, which included captaining the Maniototo hockey team, and in between duties on the farm, ...
Southern Fishing & Boating
Mon, 25 May 2015 05:00:20 -0700

For many years I fished at night with a Tilley lamp. These things run on Kerosene. They work well so long as you can keep them out of the wind otherwise the glass goes all black and you are forever cleaning it. I have now changed over to a rock gas ...
Southern Fishing & Boating
Mon, 25 May 2015 05:00:20 -0700

A more effective means of providing illumination can be had from a Tilley lamp, which -runs on kerosene. Even better still is a gas powered lantern. These throw out a constant bright white light for up to eight hours making them ideal for baiting hooks ...

Belfast Newsletter

Belfast Newsletter
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 23:07:58 -0800

Those were the days when country folk lit the Tilley lamp at 4pm, the curtains were drawn and you needed a hurricane lamp to do anything outside. I really wanted a world where there was light 24-7. Years later we did move to a town suburb but mother ...

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