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|
|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.
The world's first ever telegraph pole restoration project.
You may recognise this telegraph pole. Yes, it's the one that lives across the road from our fields. And the very one which forms part of our iconic logo. And it's also one that I've admired for many years... Until recently.
I'm always alerted to a BT techie in the area by the sudden loss of what passes for broadband around here. (If we all concentrate very hard and think pure thoughts, we can get speeds of up to 200Kbps) ...
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.
Regular and favoured correspondent, John Penny (member #0307) from Sherborne in Dorset sent us this picture of the DP outside his house being attacked by woodpeckers.
Some facts about John Penny :
As of 25th August 2009, he has spent 40 years climbing telegraph poles.
He is writing the third in a trilogy of four books. This one entitled "Telegraph Poles I have known and loved". In his own words...
"The first book being 'Great Poles I Have Climbed' featuring the infamous 'DP3' in Wine Street Yeovil, sadly only a shadow of its former self since having a goodly portion lopped off - this was a three-part spliced pole of some 85 feet, and an 'extra stout'! I also lament the passing of the DP behind Yeovil Hospital, which was a 65 foot stout. R.I.P."
John's first attempt to email us this photo resulted in his disk drive slot being gummed up with photo paper.
He has since submitted further telegraph pole related pictures (coming soon).
Finally, on Google earth, you can see his red Peugeot Estate on his drive - I know, I've looked.
More to come from John.
Click the photo to enlarge.
In an award ceremony which took place during London's morning rush-hour one day last July - a foreign student handed out a free copy of Shortlist Magazine to a colleague of mine.
And so it came to pass that The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society was listed 3rd in said magazine's Top 10 list of things that have an appreciation society.