These much ignored pieces of rural and urban furniture finally have a website of their own.

telegraph pole appreciation society logoThis 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. 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.

Sir Benjamin Spoon BEM

Founder, Sir Benjamin Spoon BEMSir Benjamin Spoon BEM – Founder

Born on board a steamship during a perilous crossing of the River Gwenfro in 1802, Benjamin Spoon, found notoriety fairly late in life.

Until his “Grand Idea” of putting cheese together with onion in the form of a thin slice of fried potato, he had struggled to make ends meet as a small time inventor. This “Eureka” moment took place just after his carriage shed a wheel after hitting a lucozade bottle on the modern day B5105 near what is today called Llanfihangel. That was in 1863.

His invention, which later went on to become crisps and then Monster Munch, propelled Benjamin first to fame and then to honours; with Queen Victoria bestowing his BEM in 1864 and the Sir bit the year after.

Sadly, Sir Benjamin Spoon BEM died penniless in 1870 after losing his fortune to a football pools betting scam. He is buried in Cerrigydrudion churchyard. But recently arose from the dead briefly to be guest of honour at a football game at Wrexham.

Whence they came

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

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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