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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 09 July 15 15:56 BST (UK) »
1938 = 116 = Oates, Grocer, Dairy, North Eastern Road (transcribed as G Oates)

1939 = 3116 = Oates, Grocer, Dairy, North Eastern Road (transcribed as G Oates)

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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #10 on: Thursday 09 July 15 16:05 BST (UK) »
Date for 1938 is April 1938.

Date for 1939 is October 1939.

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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 09 July 15 16:39 BST (UK) »
If you get the chance - do have a look at the images on Ancestry for these telephone directories, go to the beginning of the directory and read up on how to use the telephone -

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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 09 July 15 17:30 BST (UK) »
Date for 1938 is April 1938.

Date for 1939 is October 1939.

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1938 = 116 = Oates, Grocer, Dairy, North Eastern Road (transcribed as G Oates)

1939 = 3116 = Oates, Grocer, Dairy, North Eastern Road (transcribed as G Oates)

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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 09 July 15 17:54 BST (UK) »
There was probably a difference between the densely populated cities  and metropolitan areas, like London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow.  Which later on became  01;  021;  051;  061  etc.

Some rural sparsely populated areas still had three digit numbers in the 1970s.

Dials  used to have letters as well as numbers, just as the buttons on mobile phones.

Each exchange in the major cities  had a name like Whitehall; Central; Bootle,  and the first three  letters would be used.

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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #14 on: Monday 16 April 18 21:02 BST (UK) »
I don't recall whether the last three digit numbers were abolished on PhONEday (16 April 1995, the day we got an extra 1 in our dialling codes) but if not the change from 3 digit numbers to 6 digit happened within the previous few months in the Scottish village in which I lived.  Our numbers went from 0xxxx2 xxx to 01xxx 722xxx.  Previously we only dialled 3 digits in the village, subsequently 6.  There were other villages on the exchange which had a different digit between 3 and 6 instead of the 2.  Before the change to 6 digit numbers there was some kind of local dialling code, maybe an 8 followed by the "village digit", to reach these.

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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #15 on: Monday 16 April 18 21:23 BST (UK) »
Hi

In the 1950's we had the number ARN(old) 5020
Changed to 1020
Then 204 1020
Then 01 204 1020
Then we moved to 'Erts and the number of the local pub changed to
0208 204 1020 [ The Green Man, Kingsbury, NW9 ] [ Go on ring it! ]
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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #16 on: Monday 16 April 18 21:59 BST (UK) »
Except it shouldn't be written as "0208" because the two groups of 4 digits after the dialling code 020 can be dialled successfully within London as an 8 digit number - the same is true of 021 to 028 numbers in their respective urban areas and - in the case of 028 - province.  The correct format is 020 8xxx xxxx.  Strangely, the lady on 1471 doesn't know that though - or didn't when I last noticed a few years ago.

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Re: Old 3 digit UK Telephone numbers.
« Reply #17 on: Monday 16 April 18 22:05 BST (UK) »
Hi

There are other "errors" in my story . . . . .

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