Honourary Technical Manager

We might just have filled the vacant position of Honourary Technical Manager – another email, this time from a gentleman by the name of Keith S*****.

I believe I am possibly the last living former Poles Inspector. I worked for the post office and inspected hundreds of thousands of poles in the raw state in forests all over the UK and in Finland.

My initials KS are stamped on the base of hundreds of thousands of telegraph poles in situ now.

I also supervised the pressure creosoting of poles at various depots in the UK.  There is nothing I do not know about Telegraph Poles!

I also did a spell of inspecting electricity board poles for about 6 months in the early 70’s so can advise on that aspect of poles also.

Give me the initials from the butt of a  Post Office pole and I will tell you the name of the man who inspected it and accepted it on the Queen’s behalf – they all have one or two crowns stamped on the butt. One crown for a  ‘light’ two crowns for a’ medium’ and three crowns for a ‘stout ‘to denote her majesty’s ownership.”

 Welcome to The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society, Keith

*Keith’s real name obscured for obscure reasons of national security.

Information Required

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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.

Shortlist Magazine’s Top 10

Glitzy Heights Indeed!Number 3 in shortlist magazine's top 10

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.

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Facelift – Mission accomplished

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That’s it. Job almost done.  The painters have taken all their empty tins away and removed the dust-sheets and so here we are at the all-new joomla powered Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society website. 

This format allows for much easier updating.  Apologies to all my correspondents over the last couple of years, but now I can., much later than promised)  get around to posting all your stuff up online (soon).

Meanwhile, my paid work front has largely followed the contours of the recession – ergo I will have more time to devote to my whimsy.  Please look forward to some sister websites getting an overhaul soon too.

Meanwhile, keep spotting in telepole land.

Martin (member#0001)

Join the Society

Tell the world you appreciate telegraph poles and all the things that hang from them, stand on them, nest in them, gaze up at them, by becoming a member of The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society. And what’s more, there is a badge, certificate and even a pencil that in certain light could look like a telegraph pole, all available to say that you’re a member.  For life, too.

Telegraph Pole   Appreciation Society Certificate Telegraph Pole Pencil TPAS pin badge

There is a one-off cost of just £3.00 to join the Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society. This fee covers the cost of the badges, pencils, printing and postage. We don’t give your details to anyone else, and we probably won’t be stuffing your email inbox with endless newsletters either.

MEMBERSHIP OUTSIDE THE UK.  Alas our membership packs replete with certificate, pencil & badge are classed as a parcel by the post office and so cost us a bomb when posting outside the UK.  Therefore we can no longer include anything sticky-outy in packs sent to addresses outside the UK (or Basingstoke).  If you are abroad and want the pencil and badge too, then please contact us first.


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Whence they came

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A telegraph pole farm in the Orkney Isles

A telegraph pole farm in the Orkney Isles.


The Orkney Isles are the source of most of the UK’s telegraph poles. Telegraph Pole Farming is a mainstay of the economy in these harsh northern isles. The posts seen here are nearly ready for harvesting. Every autumn, migrant workers from Eastern Europe work night and day picking only the tallest, creosotey poles with the most succulent insulator fruit.

A World without Telegraph Poles

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Before you think they’re just dull sticks with wires, take a look at Cerrigydrudion High Street below. For the second picture we popped over to a parallel universe where electricity hasn’t been invented.

Cerrigydrudion High Street WITH telegraph poles




Picture 1 :


Our Universe, where telegraph poles flourish in total biodiversity. (N.B. In this universe Wrexham are an under-performing non-league, football team)







Parallel universe without the street furniture.



Picture 2:

Cerrigydrudion in a parallel universe
(N.B. Wrexham 4 times Champions of Europe)



Apart from the football differences, I prefer our universe version of Cerrigyrdudion with all its aerial clutter. I forgot to say, a pint of Timothy Taylors is 1,550 Euros in the parallel White Lion.





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