Cover photograph: hemmed in by road works, an uprooted bollard and paving in the pouring rain, Cardinal Wolsey coolly continues his teaching in St Peters Street (31.7.21).

Another telecommunications monopole and array of boxes, this time painted dark green, appeared on Vernon Street near to top of Felaw Street in early September. The short terrace of houses on Tyler Street is separated from the pole by a row of trees – perhaps that’s how the company got away with it. As our Chairman noted in the last issue, with public demand for greater connectivity (being able to access the internet on their phones), it’s almost inevitable that our towns and cities will be cluttered with this very tall brand of street furniture. That is, until another leap in technology, perhaps a processor implanted in our brains, makes them all redundant. Meanwhile just above the earth’s atmosphere, millionaires are going on joy-rides – let’s hope they don’t hit one of the hundreds of thousands of satellites they keep launching, provided to maintain the aforementioned connectivity.

One day we might think that there must be better ways of doing things.

I’m extremely grateful for the positive comments about the Newsletter and the continued excellent contributions which make my job a great deal easier.

Robin Gaylard

Nethaniah Almshouses in Station Street, Over Stoke designed by Brightwen Binyon in 1890. Article on page 16. 

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