5 December 2016

A Wooden Cover Plate in Tollington Park


Strolling along Tollington Park, a lovely road in N4, last week I happened across a large rectangular cover plate within the pavement that was, and still is, wooden on its uppermost face. I have never seen such a thing before.
I thought at first this was the secondary layer; the metal and concrete lid having been removed but, no, on close inspection it can be seen that the wood is flush with the pavement.
Walking further along the pavement, that's sidewalk to my readers in the States ;-), I noticed that it was the same dimensions at the old BT ones that have the pebble-dashed tops, see above bottom right.
So, this means underneath that eroded wooden top with holes in it there are wires and all sorts of circuit doobreys for telephones.
Is this OK?
I assume so, seeing as the wood appears to have been exposed to the elements for quite some time already.
Hmmm... pondering...

2 comments:

  1. Peculiar, it seems like a very bad idea but if it has been there for some time who knows. It doesn't even stand up as a temporary fix. There must be stocks of spare cover plates but someone would have had to go to the trouble of making this thing.

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  2. Living history! Good spot. Nicola x

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