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“Number, Please!”: early London telephone exchanges, 1978-1912

Author: David Occomore
ISBN: 0 86025 462 3


The first London telephone exchange was opened in the City in 1878 with 7 subscribers. This number quickly increased, making the provision of new exchanges in Leadenhall Street and Bridge Street vital. The United Telephone Company, with 8 exchanges, was formed in 1880. In 1889 the United merged with the National Telephone Company and the Lancashire & Cheshire Telephonic Exchange Company, but the Government bought both in 1905.

96 pages, 50 photographs, 2 line drawings, 1 map

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