Author Topic: telephone exchange  (Read 1278 times)

Offline lorraineosborne

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 152
    • View Profile
telephone exchange
« on: Wednesday 07 July 10 23:56 BST (UK) »
Does anyone have any information about a small telephone exchange which was situated above a shop at 23 Market Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire round about 1911?

Lorraine

RootsChat is the busiest, largest free family history forum site in the country. It is completely free to use. Register now.
Also register instantly with Facebook or Twitter (and other social networks). Start your genealogy search now.


Offline lorraineosborne

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 152
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 11 March 18 13:36 GMT (UK) »
I have seen this mentioned on another site - probably earlier than 1911 - anyone know anything about this/

RootsChat is the busiest, largest free family history forum site in the country. It is completely free to use. Register now.
Also register instantly with Facebook or Twitter (and other social networks). Start your genealogy search now.


Offline Geoff-E

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 7,171
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #2 on: Monday 12 March 18 10:38 GMT (UK) »
You may have seen this https://tinyurl.com/y8csup79
Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days alive.

Offline Palladium

  • RootsChat Extra
  • **
  • Posts: 35
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #3 on: Monday 12 March 18 11:19 GMT (UK) »
Maybe some help here? Good luck...

http://www.thg.org.uk/
http://www.lightstraw.co.uk/

Roger (...ex - manual exchanges/strowger exchanges/PABX's and electronic stuff...)
WESTMORLAND/LANCASHIRE
Heap
Armer
McNamara
Nelson
ESSEX/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Humphrey
Potton
Snow

Offline Geoff-E

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 7,171
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #4 on: Monday 12 March 18 12:56 GMT (UK) »
In those days, internally you would have needed the connecting apparatus like you see in the old films, operators sticking plugs into holes.

The main requirement would be to get the connections from the local telephones.

This is a photo (snipped from a much larger photo) of the location in Lincoln c1900 - the National Telephone Co had space in the building of one of the banks which shows the infra structure involved.
Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days alive.

Offline lorraineosborne

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 152
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #5 on: Monday 12 March 18 20:52 GMT (UK) »
Thank you so much - I have tried to find some information before but have always been told that this wasn't the case.  My great grandmother, Gharlotte Smith lived at the back of 23 Market Street on the 1911 census. My grandmother, Elizabeth Challinor and a lady living there were telephone operators. The link seems to be there but so far I have not been able to prove it.
Loz

Offline Geoff-E

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 7,171
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 08:31 GMT (UK) »
Sorry, I forgot to post this link.  :(

Obviously, it need not represent their total occupation of the premises https://tinyurl.com/y8csup79

1919 directory shows Liptons to have been at 23 Market St.
Charles HOBHOUSE was Postmaster General.

:)
Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days alive.

Offline lorraineosborne

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 152
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 14:56 GMT (UK) »
Thank you again - it is very interesting. 
1901 census Gainsborough - my ggrandmother, Charlotte E Smith was living at 23 Market Street, Gainsborough, with her husband, two grown up children and two lodgers. On this census my grandmother Elzabeth Challinor's occupation was a telephone operator. It stated in the margin that there was a lock up grocer's shop in front of their home.
1911 census at same address, Charlotte Smith, housewife, with husband, grandson and 2 lodgers, one of which was a telephone operator.
There is certainly a link to the telephone business but their place of employment is not known.
Loz

Offline Geoff-E

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 7,171
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: telephone exchange
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 13 March 18 16:55 GMT (UK) »
1896 Directory, 23 Market St was John CURTISS, Grocer and tea dealer

1909 it was Lipton's, Provision dealers

Also in 1909 ............... :D
Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days alive.