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.
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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.
Jake Rideout can be considered a true connoisseur of the telegraph pole. If this were a learned establishment then he would surely be revered as a professor. Alas, whilst we are just as esteemed as the highest academic institution, we have no sort of hierarchy whatsoever. So hard luck there Jake. Anyway, I have sat on these photos of his in my publication queue for long enough. It's a rare thing for me to receive photos of interesting poles and then also to get such high quality information about them too. Please read all about Jake's insulator collecting exploits by visiting his website jajainsulators.com.
1: Small crossarm pole near the A362 at Frome. Has still in place two porcelain No.1 'cordeaux' and a saltglazed No.3 insulator. The bracing span on the right have came loose as it is supposed to be supporting the top crossarm on the left hand side. The pole as been replaced.
2: 'Ring' pole in Frome next to a low voltage power pole with ABC cabling. The ring pole has 8 (One behind the pole) No.16 'screwtop' insulators, one missing it's lid. This pole has also been replaced and the telephone cables tied onto the power pole.
3: High voltage (33kv) electricity pole with six powerlines and a total of 38 insulators. This is a pole on one of two high voltage routes which terminate at the small sub station in Frome. (Extra info: On the right hand side, the top two cables are supported by brown multipart insulators after connecting to the suspension insulators. This is done so that the lines don't hang down onto the guy wire which can be seen. This is standard action on all poles which change direction.)
4: Ring pole on Locks Hill (Frome) with composite No.16 screwtop insulators, the two on the left in use with the original bare cables.
5: Abandoned pole next to the original trackbed of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway (S&D) just outside of Bath. This pole contains a small variety of insulators including some rarer Midland Railway 'corrugated' insulators.
6: Low voltage electricity pole near Radstock. This shows what would have been an older installation. The ABC cable on the right has replaced 5 un-insulated cables which would have been tied to the horizontal row of insulators, and then continue as 5 un-insulated cables tied to vertical insulators like on the left side. I don't know whether this is correct, but the horizontal cables are not so common and I believe are used over main roads. I had a week's work experience with an electrical engineering company and was told that the cables have to be over 5 meters above the road as not to foul high vehicles. I believe this set-up was used to raise the height of the lines.
Karl Thorpe Morgan, for reasons best known to himself, has delayed becoming a member of this most venerable and auspicious society. He finds himself a student of telegraph poles and connecting paraphernalia as part of a BT Openreach training course. There is no doubt in my mind that Karl is top of the class. His enthusiasm stretches to photographing the poles in his locale (Stockport, it says on one of the bins in the first picture) and transmitting them to us. He clearly, also, has an eye for finials. One for the future, BT, do look after him. But his final comment that I might have been his fiber optic tutor is an inadvertence. They say; those who can do, those who can't, teach. And those who can't do anything useful - at all - write blogs.
Honorary member #0469, John Brunsden, has been busy wondering "What the hell ever happened to those photos I sent in for possible "Pole of the Month"? Here's what he said.
This pole(s) caught my eye on a recent holiday on the Isle of Wight, it's the darkside for me, being an Electricity pole and not the much safer Telecommunications sort, but the sheer number of steps made me stop the car and snap away, much to the bemusement of my wife and son :(
The 2 other pics are of the poles either side of this one, and both seem a slightly different design??
Well, as I said to my psychiatrist only yesterday, "If it's tall, wooden, sticky-uppy and has got wires coming out of the top then I'm morbidly fascinated." These are indeed handsome poles John, and yes, we continue to play with fire in this society by honouring such large volt carrying structures. We could be said to be cocking a snoop at the Pylon appreciators by making them P.O.T.M but these have wooden poles and so fall into our remit and so I would defend our right to do so unto death. My hamster's death anyway.
We're really playing with fire by posting these pictures on here and we could find ourselves embroiled in a turf war with the Pylon Appreciation Society over this. But Dave Bennett (#666) wrote in to say he's been having sleepless nights since spotting these near Steyning, Sussex. "Are they acceptable as poles or are they pylons masquerading as poles?" he asks. He's not the only one who has been troubled by these pole/pylon hybrids. And now that I've seen these pictures, I'm afraid I can't "un-see" them. Click on each image to enlarge, if you dare.