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“Thorn”, Lambeth: white spike

“Thorn” burglar alarm, Lambeth • Speaking of thorns, as I was yesterday, here’s the real thing – a red rose of a sounder sporting the modernist white spike of Thorn electronics. It’s one of several variations on the red drum that have existed over the years, in this case notable for not mentioning either Minerva or EMI – see the comment here for the most comprehensive round-up so far. • Spotted: Hatfields, Lambeth, London, SE1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark

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  1. Sometimes these come with different names,
    for example – thorn security, and they also can have the weird spike at the top too.

  2. Hall and Rhodes in Huddesfield use a box like this but without the vents on the side, i have never seen them use anything else

  3. If I am not mistaken, a flashing strobe light used to flash through the blue Thorn Logo window. On some sounders, I also think that I remember seeing a flashing LED. (PS…I hated Euro Bells….the strobes were very fidly to assemble).

  4. The bellbox style was known by some people as the “washing up bowl”

    At around a foot in diameter (that’s 30cm in new money) It is far larger and clumsier looking than the much later and hugely popular “Euro bell”.

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