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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.


Absolute gold struck here...  You can tell it's gold because I've used capital letters in the title - and that's a first for these sage pages.   Pete Gerrard, a mine of information on telegraph poles and friend of our incumbent Honorary Technical Adviser Keith S*****1 has sent us a copy of the 1933 publication "The Telegraph Pole" by W,H. Brent, B.Sc. (Hons.) A.M.I.E.E.

Now, I've seen odd pages from it in the past and posted them onto this here site.  But here, and for your delectation, is all 32 pages of everything, literally everything, you ever wanted to know about telegraph poles.  Pete says "I don’t think there is any confidentiality about it since BS1990 was written around the GPO Pole Specification, in fact it was the specification.  It is a most definitive article and gives an incredible history of this ubiquitous but largely unknown about item of street furniture.  There is much folklore surrounding its evolution and manufacturing process most of which is exactly that - folklore!"*2

It's 42Mb fat which is a hefty download, but ultimately that's only about the same as 3 loaves of wholemeal bread, or a box of Bran Flakes and a packet of cake mix.  Click the cover below to start the teleportation process. ENJOY.

The Telegraph Pole by W H Brent ca 1933


*1 Keith S**** signed the official secrets act so he's a secret, or something.
*2 I reserve the right to continue to spout folklore via this website.