Last week we asked readers what these mystery objects - cast iron pipes on Weymouth's Spa Road and at the junction of Grange Road and Carlton South - were for.

And we were overwhelmed by the many answers from readers with theories ranging from the bottom half of gas lights to being used to refill steam rollers.

  • Leslie Seamark of Wyke Regis said: "I was told, I think, by an old uncle, that the pipes were for filling up traction engines and steam rollers, that's where they would fill up their tanks.

"The reason why the pipe in Spa Road isn't there any more is because someone wrecked it, they drove into it. The pipe was once concealed in the thicket and the council decided to cut it back and then someone drove into it and it had to be removed."

  • Dave White agreed with this. He wrote: "The water standpipes were provided by the Proprietors of the Weymouth Waterworks Company for the use to refill steam locomotives. ie,steam road locomotives (traction engines) steam rollers, etc, date unknown.

"They were disconnected by the water board from the network in the early 60s. The iron posts were deemed as historical value and left with the agreement of the borough engineer and the company."

Dorset Echo: The pipe outside the Park Hotel near the junction of Grange Road and Carlton Road SouthThe pipe outside the Park Hotel near the junction of Grange Road and Carlton Road South

  • Meanwhile Winifred Smith wrote in to tell us: "Someone in our family think they were to stop people parking on or mounting paths."
  • And our article even went as far afield as Buckie on the Moray coast of Scotland, with George Cowie getting in touch telling us that Buckie had several of these type of pipes which were a bit larger and stood approximately 10 to 15 ft tall. He added: "As far as I know, these pipes were for venting the gas from the ancient sewage pipe network which is now long gone, but one or two of the pipes were left in situ for a long time until they were finally removed."

Dorset Echo: The pipe in Spa Road which was removedThe pipe in Spa Road which was removed

  • And Phil Rey told us: "It looks like the lower part of a sewage vent pipe, also known as a stink pipe." But overwhelmingly the most popular explanation for the pipes was what the following readers thought.
  • Svetlana Palmer of Chedington thinks it is a street gas light (or whatever was left of it). She sent us this picture of lamps with similar bases here.

Dorset Echo: Street gas lights Picture: Courtesy of Svetlana PalmerStreet gas lights Picture: Courtesy of Svetlana Palmer

  • Another reader agreed, telling us: "The mystery iron pipes appear to be the lower half of old oil lampposts. They were common back when the UK didn't have electric lighting. Oil lamps were used to light up streets instead."
  • After initially wondering whether the pipes were redundant cannon barrels, street fashion furniture of the late 1800s early 1900s, Terence Welsh took a closer look and was more convinced the two pipes were reduced gas lights which were common even as late as the 1960s in town.

Dorset Echo:  Gas lamp picture from Terence Welsh Gas lamp picture from Terence Welsh

  • Andy Wallace said: "It is, of my opinion, that these are the remnants of old 19th century gas powered street lights. Doing a quick search reveals many examples of such lights and they share a similar style of bases to these left in the ground."
  • Len Collins got in touch to tell us that he remembers the pipe in Spa Road from his school days at Radipole St Ann's in the 40s and early 50s .

He said: "We used to swing around the pipe holding the chain that was attached to the top.

"Although I have heard that water from it was used to spray the road on hot dry days, my dad, who was a 'fireman' shovelling the coal on a Sentinel stream wagon, it was used to top up the boiler.

"I have heard him say that they once ran out of water in the country, and threw their hose into a duck pond and was chased away by the farmer.

"The pipe was broken off at ground level about 10 years ago but it could not be found."

  • The bottom of an old lamppost theory was certainly popular with readers. Martin Wildman told us: "I've solved the cast iron pipe mystery, they used to be lampposts!"

And Andy Palmer, David Singh and an anonymous emailer also got in touch to tell us that he thought they were the bottom part of lampposts.