TF0820 : Telegraph pole

taken 6 years ago, near to Bourne, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Telegraph pole
Telegraph pole
Back when the Westfield estate was planned the idea that every house would have a telephone was laughable. We were still installing party lines back then, to economise on apparatus and to offer people a low cost alternative. It was assumed that one house in five on an estate like this would have a phone, and one in twenty on a "working class" estate.

Thus telephone wiring was not an essential service like water or electricity, and the builders had no obligation to provide it to each house. The GPO paid for ducts and DPs and Cabs to the estate out of its own (government) funds, and did not want to pay for underground connections to each home. This the last (drop-wire) connection is from telephone poles.

When Beech Avenue was extended in the 1990s the rules had changed. If you look at TF0820 : Along Beech Avenue you will see no such overhead wiring.
Parker Houses
Parker Bros. of Spalding built these houses in the mid 1960s, in their house style. The porches have a flat roof with a steel pole support, the panel below the upstairs window is tile-hung. Although most of these houses are found in the two large estates to the west of the town, they are also scattered here and there whenever 1960s infill occurred.

The Westwood estate to the south of West Road was not 'open plan': rather the houses had vestigial brick garden walls. And they used a cast concrete assembly at the bottom of the roof, instead of soffit boards, with an integral gutter hidden in it. A small number of houses was built near Mill Drove in the same style.

To the North of West Road the slightly later West­bourne and West­field estates had conventional roof construction with wooden soffits and plastic gutters, and no front boundaries. The houses were thus closer to the road, there being no grass verge.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 23 December, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 23 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 20th Century 
Housing (from Tags)
Detached House 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0855 2012 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.0667N 0:23.5539W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0853 2011
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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