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.
Lacoste in the Provence region in the south of France is famous for two things. One being its once notorious resident, Donatien Alphonse Francois comte de Sade aka the Marquis de Sade who had, shall we say, a peculiar attitude to familial relationships. The second thing Lacoste is famous for is its resident poet laureate – an Irish born poet-gardener by the name of Finnbar Mac Eoin. Finn, the author of “Two suitcases and a dog” has had a few run-ins himself with the rather parochial villagers. A quick search of his name using a famous search engine should lead you to the full story. But if you can’t find it, then here’s a film all about it:
Anyway, poet that he is, Finn found himself inspired by the telegraph pole you see here - wherein the pole and the tree do, genuinely, seem pleased to see one-another. Finn submitted his poem to the only place he could or indeed should. And he kindly allowed us to pubish it. The poem is best read in a Co. Cork accent. Trust me.
An Irish Pine.
Telegraph pole hugged
by a leafy evergreen
An expression of a mothers
pride at her wee cone who
was taken away in the storm.
Now, would you be looking
at him, a fine upright lad who
didn't forget where he came
from and well connected
too, by the looks of him.
Firstly, please accept my apologies for the dearth of posts on here of late. Excuses #1, #1b and #14 apply. We haven't even tweeted much of late either. Goodness me, what sort of appreciation society is this?
Luckily for us, our hyper-active Norwich Branch of The Society have been on their annual peregrination. Their Honorary Secretary, Doreen Bracegirdle (Mrs) has just filed her report and photographs. I'm sure you can work out which image is which from the report. The question is begged however, of what Mrs Bracegirdle was doing with her camera in the gentleman's water closet.
Members of the Norwich branch of the Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society recently returned from their annual Spring charabanc outing. This year the destination was the western highlands of Scotland. Much haggis was enjoyed, a little whisky taken.
Members were saddened to see that many poles which once had us leaping excitedly from our transport and snapping away with our cameras have since vanished. But there still remained previously unrecorded treasures to be discovered.
Imagine our delight when, passing beneath the Shin Railway Viaduct near Bonar Bridge, one of our members spotted its two original metal telegraph poles extant. Metal poles were once a common sight on the rooftops of our great cities. Few of any sort must survive!
And what whoops of joy we let out when we encountered, on the Assynt peninsula to the north of Ullapool, a run of nearly three miles of (mainly) traditional poles along the B869 ....
running eastwards from the village of Clashnessie (pop: 38; telephone kiosks: 1). This switchback of a road is not one to be tackled by anyone who is faint-hearted or, as was sadly the case with our driver, drunk.
The Clashnessie poles happily survived the storms of this last winter, which is more than can be said for the phone box at Shegra, further up towards Cape Wrath. The locals told our members that, two months after the gust which took out this box, BT have only just reconnected all the phones in the village. Except this one of course, which has now been adapted for temporary storage by a neighbouring crofter.
After all our excitement, it was back to Norfolk and a quick pint at our local railway preservation centre, which does a good line in real ale. So disappointing, then, that someone had seen fit to deface a sign in the gentlemen's "convenience". Some people's idea of humour.
This could, I suppose, qualify as 3 poles of the month. Or pole of three months. April to June say. Very pleasing to the eye are these fine triplicating power poles at Birstwith, near Harrogate. The subject matter meets almost exactly the definition of the word "triumvirate". This was sent to us following a long absence from our pages by none other than Adrian Trainsett Esq (#0484H). We've missed you Sire and your exemplary submissions.
Following some stern, repetitive and vociferous advice from Mrs TPAS, I have moved my insulator collection out from under her damn feet. I decided not to put them where the sun don't shine as was her suggestion. Instead, I now have them on the walls of my shed and of course a select few upon my garden pole out of reach of aforementioned fish-wife.
Anyway, I'm not alone in this pursuit - insulator collecting that is. John Paine (#0512) sent us a picture of his telegraph pole (left, below). "Garden ornament thing" he describes it. And he is worried that his collection is going to soon be covered by his good lady wife's clematis. A taller pole may be in order there John and some accidental weedkiller spillage onto the clematis if I may make so bold.
Regular correspondent to these pages John Cranston (#0620) wrote in to tell us that he's found the hash key - the one that does the # thing on his computer. It's Alt + 3 on a Mac apparently. Thanks for that John. My life, whilst still not quite complete with that fascinating information is now a little closer towards that ideal.
Anyway, he went on to make a sexist assumption that the abbreviated poles you see on the right belong to "some bloke" as he put it. "They enliven an otherwise suicide-inducing crawl through bleakest, flattest Lincolnshire" he told us. The sawn-off poles are in the front garden of a house along the A17 about a mile east of the River Welland. One is a GPO, complete with plastic pigeon, and the other looks like it came from a railway, he reckons.
This photo submission he tells us is his effort to counter balance this society's Cambrian bias.
Thank you Johns.