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Good Morning Everyone,

If you look carefully, you will see that the lamppost is far from vertical.
It is commonly called the 'Drunken Lamppost', hence 'one over the eight'!

Let me explain:
Origin : One over the eight

This originated as UK military slang. The first reference to it in print is in Fraser and Gibbons' Soldier & Sailor Words, 1925:

"One over the eight, one drink too many. Slightly intoxicated, the presumption being that an average 'moderate' man can safely drink eight glasses of beer."

After a gallon of beer 'slightly intoxicated' seems a bit of an understatement. Beer was weaker in the 1920s than it is now, but even so!

This drunken lamppost is on Steep Hill, Lincoln. When you look at the steepness of the incline, it's seems quite possible that the lamppost has become bent by people holding on to it for a rest!

There is a great link here which features people's memories of going up Steep Hill, Lincoln.

You can see a bigger version here

Have a lovely day, Bev :-)

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