Supplement to HISTELEC NEWS No.17
The Story of SWEB’s Rural Electrification
by Graham Warburton
|Fig.5 Power comes to Hunters Inn, near Parracombe, North Devon, with Jean Metcalf accompanied by Cliff Michelmore of B.B.C. "Family Favourites" fame performing the switching on ceremony. The scheme which took power to five farms and seventeen other rural premises was completed in the Summer of 1958.||
In order to avoid tree felling in the beautiful Heddon Valley an 11,000 volt Aerial cable was suspended from short poles thus avoiding the necessity for the usual 50' 0" wide clearance. This was the first time in Great Britain that this method of supply was utilised.
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Widecombe-the-Moor R.D. Scheme – August 1962 Instructor, Des Gough, with a lineman's school outlining requirements for protecting G.P.O. circuits and supervising students in the 'binding in' of conductors to insulators.