View our new web site
We supply & install Telephone Systems, as well
as rectifying telephone wiring & broadband faults
The Telephones UK site looks purely at historical telephones and telecoms
through the last 100 years, we do not sell any of the items pictured
WELCOME TO THE TELEPHONES UK WEB SITE, WHICH
CAN ALSO BE FOUND VIA OUR NEW DOMAIN:
ADDITIONS & UPDATES ARE LISTED
I am currently in the progress of migrating
this current site at telephoneuk.co.uk across to a completely new modern
WordPress platform at
telephonesuk.org.uk. As the
present site is being gradually transferred across the content of the new
site will remain much the same, but with an updated, fresher look to it.
Over time I plan to add new content as well as replacing many of the
existing pictures with higher resolution images in order to offer a much
improved user experience. The new site will be mobile friendly as well as
When the existing hosting package for
telephonesuk.co.uk expiries in November 2020 this domain name will cease
to offer this type of content. So between now and then please continue to
visit both sites whilst all of the content of the old site is moved
across. Many of the pages are already on the new site at
but some have yet to be copied across. It's very much work in progress as
it is quite time consuming.
opened in February 2002 this site is now fifteen years old. It contains
well 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
Note that the Telephones UK web site looks purely at
historical telephones and telecoms through the last 100 years plus, we do not
sell any of the items pictured. Our sister site Telecom Systems UK provides
telecom installation, maintenance & repair services.
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
CALL THE TELEPHONES UK SPEAKING CLOCK
SERVICES ON 0871 976 2819 & 0871 976 2839
Telephones UK has its own
popular Speaking Clock Service which
authentic voice of Pat Simmons.
The number to directly access the
Clock has now changed to 0871
if dialling from abroad the number is +44 871 976 2819.
GREAT NEWS: We have now set up a second Speaking Clock line
on a separate number 0871 976 2839 which will feature a variety of speaking clock voices from the past,
please see the
page for further
Calls to our Speaking Clock services remain the same, the cost is 13p per minute, plus VAT, plus your phone company's access charge.
When dialled the clock will speak for a set period of time, typically
between 40 and 60 seconds, you can hang up
before this time, but the line may remain engaged until the time has
Our Speaking Clock is radio controlled by the
MSF Radio Time Signal in Anthorn, Cumbria to enable it to remain
accurate at all times.
We aim to provide a reliable
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 short while 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.
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
23 July 2020