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Nelson

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Church Pole
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:02:16 pm »
Ladders on the church pole (repairs to the weather vane apparently).
« Last Edit: August 01, 2018, 01:13:01 am by Nelson »

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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2018, 07:08:51 pm »
Seeing this photo reminded me of something my Dad told me and how times have changed with health and safety.

At the end of the 2nd World War my Dad worked for a local builder. To maybe celebrate the end of the war it was necessary for the flag to be flying at the top of the church, but the flag and flag rope had been taken down, I assume for the duration of the war. Dad was told to go to the church and see what was necessary to put the rope back through the pulley at the top of the pole. He arrived on his trade bike, was shown to the top of the tower and asked for the flag rope. He then put the rope between his teeth and shinned up the pole using arms and legs. At the top of the pole he supported his weight with his legs and possibly using the weather vane, put the rope through the pulley then back into his mouth and lowered himself back down the pole. He then secured the rope for someone to put the flag on.

To make the most of it he then went home on his trade bike, had a cup of tea then returned to work.

This would not happen to day.

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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2018, 07:29:17 pm »
Wonderful story - he would have known it like this.

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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2018, 02:49:48 pm »
Hi Nelson,  What was the covering on the top of the tower for?
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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2018, 07:52:52 pm »
I can only guess - it must have been quite exposed up there and may have provided a bit of cover from winds and weather?

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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2018, 07:17:39 am »
Now I remember - when I went up there some years ago it was noticeable (a bit scary actually) that the parapet around the top of the tower was only three feet high. In a heavy wind or gale it would be positively dangerous without additional barriers!

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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2018, 07:08:40 am »
 The flag pole in 1995 ish with scaffolding

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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2018, 08:39:46 am »
Blimey Gerry, Health & Safety must have been looking the other way!

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Re: Church Pole
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2018, 04:21:35 pm »
I know that man who climed up that church pole he was my Dad too and I can remember him telling us as children.