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These much ignored pieces of rural and urban furniture finally have a website of their own.

This is not the site to visit for technical information pertaining to telegraph poles. You'll find nothing about 10KVa transformers, digital telephone networking or even so much as a single volt.

This is a website celebrating the glorious everyday mundanitude of these simple silent sentinels the world over.

from the simple... through the interesting... to the hieroglyphics and the alluring
Simple telegraph poles Space age telegraph poles telegraph pole hieroglyphics to the downright sexy ones
click the thumbnails above to view the gallerys. more poles...

We don't care what the wires contain either. They all carry electricity in some way be it the sparky stuff which boils your kettle, or the thinner stuff with your voice in it when you're on the phone.

Information Required

Dear fellow enthusiasts,

The following appeal for information landed on our doorstep today (metaphorically speaking):


"I have a few questions for you guys out there and would appreciate any help. There our 2 poles on our private land.

Are we entitled to "rent" for them? (I know it is probably a paltry sum they are carrying electric overhead cables)

And what is the lifespan of them? I presume that the little oblong plate with the number 63 followed by 1124 would probably mean 1963. So at over 45 years old is that too old? and they would require replacing?

thanks for your help



Well Paul, let me start by saying that I am considerably over 45 years old  and yes, I am much too old and I do indeed need replacing.

Meanwhile, we have two telegraph poles on our fields also, and we get an annual payment of £28 (wayleave) for the pair.  Please search for "telegraph pole wayleave" on the internet, and also have a look at the following page :


However, as for your remaining questions, we have some veteran telegraph pole connoisseurs on this site and I'm sure one of them could answer how long your poles might be expected to last and whether the 63 really does mean it's been in the ground since 1963.

Please click here and tell us if you can help Paul.