This is a site which looks purely at
historical telephones & telecoms through the last 100 years plus.
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opened in February 2002 this site is now eleven years old. It contains
in excess of 1500 pictures and
information on a wide range of old telephones, new telephones, cordless telephones,
telephone kiosks, telephone systems, answering machines,
sockets and other miscellaneous pieces of equipment that have been supplied by
the General Post Office, Post Office Telephones or by British Telecom. There is also
a section about old dialling codes, with particular
emphasis on the Birmingham area as well as three pages
which contain around 300 old dial labels.
Many of the photographs shown are taken from my own
collection of old telephones, others belong to friends who kindly let me take
photos. Many other people have kindly contributed pictures for the site. A
brief description is given with the year (or approximate year) of manufacture
of the telephone illustrated, not its first release date. I
am also adding further details about each phone when I have the opportunity. My
thanks and appreciation go to all the folk
that have kindly contributed to the site. All contributors
are now listed on the Acknowledgements page.
If you are connected to this site using a
narrowband or mobile connection then please
be patient as some pages contain a lot of large images. Click on an image to view a full screen picture.
To tour the entire site just keep pressing the 'Topic' button at the bottom of
The site is still being added to, as I have the time. If anyone has any pictures or
information on old telephones, old dial labels or has any GPO literature that I can use or if you notice any errors please let
In response to the results of our recent survey asking for more detailed
information, we have now began adding links to the relevant N-diagram. These diagrams were used by Post Office technicians when
installing or servicing instruments and small systems. The full range of
subscriber's apparatus was covered. This is invaluable information for
collectors wishing to restore items to working order. This
information is kindly supplied by
Sam Hallas, who
together with various contributors, has scanned many of the N-diagrams in Adobe
Acrobat (pdf) format. A full
index is available, to view the
relevant N-diagram click on
UK site has been designed and constructed by Mike
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This site was first created on 14 February 2002 and last updated on
29 April 2013
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SERVICE ON 0871 789 3642
Telephones UK has its own
popular Speaking Clock Service which
authentic voice of Pat Simmons. Being radio controlled
(synchronised with the main MSF atomic
clock which broadcasts from Anthorn in Cumbria, UK), it is normally very
accurate. It is a TIM2000
Speaking Clock project designed by Andy Emmerson.
The number to directly access the
Clock is 0871
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When dialled the clock will speak for 90 seconds, you can hang up
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We do aim to provide a reliable service
whenever possible, however we cannot guarantee that
our speaking clock will always be 100% accurate. If you wish ensure
that you receive a guaranteed accurate time check we suggest that you dial the BT
speaking clock on 123 (check your BT directory as the number may
differ in your telephone area). Should you experience persistent
problems, please contact us via our
page. Our clock has no connection with the genuine BT Speaking Clock service
nor with the THG.
During periods of high demand callers may receive
either engaged tone or ringing tone when the speaking clock equipment is
in use. If this occurs then please redial again, a little later.
Information on the history
of the BT Speaking Clock is now available on
Some of the telephones in my personal collection
am a proud member of the Telecommunications Heritage Group. The THG
was formed in 1986 with the aim of bringing together all those engaged in
the study, preservation and collection of the heritage of communications.
It now has over 400 members worldwide. The THG is a club or society, not a
trading organisation, and they cater for researchers, collectors,
historians, operators of restored apparatus and all people just interested
in the subject for its own delight.
Interests covered by the Telecommunications Heritage Group (UK) include
old telephones, telegraphs, phone kiosks and other hardware. Included in
the very reasonable membership fee is a high quality quarterly journal.
The complete heritage of telecommunications - civil, military, transport,
public, private, ancient and modern, British and foreign - is studied
across the membership. A number of members offer help on particular
subjects such as kiosk restoration and railway telecommunications. Some
enthusiasts own restored vehicles or telephone kiosks, whilst others are
responsible for running complete multi-exchange telephone systems on
preserved railways, using vintage telephone equipment. Quite a few museums
and preservation bodies have close links with the group. For further
information about the group and details on how to join please visit the
official THG web site at: www.thg.org.uk.