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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




I am currently in the progress of migrating this current site at across to a completely new modern WordPress platform at 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 having SSL.

When the existing hosting package for 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 uk, but some have yet to be copied across. It's very much work in progress as it is quite time consuming.

July 2020

Having 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 slow 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 each page. 

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 us know.

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

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Telephones UK has its own popular Speaking Clock Service which
features the authentic voice of Pat Simmons.

The number to directly access the Speaking Clock has now changed to 0871 976 2819, 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 Speaking Clock page for further details.

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 elapsed.

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 service, should you experience persistent problems, please contact us via our feedback 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 this page.

Some of the telephones in my personal collection

I 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:

The Telephones UK site has been designed and constructed by Mike Fletcher

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This site was first created on 14 February 2002 and last updated on 23 July 2020

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