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Having opened in January 2002 this site has now celebrated its ninth anniversary. It contains around a 1000 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. 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. 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.

If you are connected to this site using a 56k dial-up narrowband 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.

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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This site was last updated on 01 May 2014

 CALL THE TELEPHONES UK SPEAKING CLOCK SERVICE ON 0871 789 3642


Telephones UK has its own popular Speaking Clock Service which
features the authentic voice of Pat Simmons. Being radio controlled (synchronised with the main MSF atomic clock which broadcasts from Anthorn in Cumbria, UK). It is a TIM2000 Speaking Clock project designed by Andy Emmerson.

The number to directly access the Speaking Clock is 0871 789 3642, if dialling from abroad the number is
+44 871 789 3642. The cost of calling this number from a BT line is 10p per minute, maximum cost 15p.

When dialled the clock will speak for 90 seconds, you can hang up before this time, but the line will be engaged until the 90 seconds has elapsed.

We do aim to provide a reliable service whenever possible, however due to current technical problems, which are beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that our speaking clock will always be 100% accurate.  If you wish ensure that you receive an 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
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 little 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 have my original BT TSX50 (Mitel SX50) telephone system installed in my Television shop to which I have recently added a second one. The two systems are connected together by a SSDC5 private circuit. The upgraded set-up now has a capacity of 96 extensions, which are used to operate and demonstrate my ever growing telephone 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: www.thg.org.uk

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