At the invitation of local historian Barry Wall, SVU presented an illustrated talk focussing on the historical and cultural aspects of the case for undergrounding all of the power lines in the Stour Valley such that Gainsborough Country, like Constable Country might be pylon free.



Presentation to Sudbury History Society by David Holland, supported by Mrs Jacqui Constable and Mrs Jane Howson, members of SVU 

The fine and large hall of the Sudbury Scouts provided the venue for this presentation of Stour Valley Underground’s view of the pylons issue. The presentation was accompanied by video slides and images illustrating the talk which lasted almost an hour.

During the talk, David explained National Grids proposals and SVU’s response to them. As this was a history society, particular attention was given to the “American History Link” and to the historical relevance and importance of Thomas Gainsborough which along with John Constable make the valley an important cultural resource.

Evocative and carefully researched photography was used to demonstrate that the valley, where it is free of pylons is still the inspirational landscape it was in these world renowned painters’ times.

A lively question and answer session culminated in warm thanks from the Societies chairman, Barry Wall who assured SVU that the society will provide fulsome support for SVU’s campaign.

SVU are grateful for the opportunity SHS provided to explain our efforts to protect and restore our precious and historic landscape.