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  1. 333rocky333

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    Can anyone enlighten me regarding this phone number please, possible date.


     

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    it appears it was still in use in 1968 and covered the St Marylebone area, presumably based on the parish of St Marylebone Parish Church.

    It looks like subscribers continued to use dial code 486 which is the same buttons/dial.

    So the sticker would have continued to give a number that would work if people dialled it, so the company might have kept using up old stock. an up-to-the minute, go-getting company wanting to give an impression of modernity would have adopted the latest dialling code


    https://groups.google.com/g/comp.dcom.telecom/c/wAnVke6Roq0

    Exchange names were not very accurately matched to geographic locations.

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    Manchester Square is about half-way between Baker Street and Bond Street.

    See also https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/00473765/charges
     
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    When I was young and living in Custom House, I remember all the phones around my area were Albert Dock xxx which was 252xxx. I think you dialled the first three letters of the exchange name followed by three numbers. When you answered the phone, you would say "Albert Dock 123" or whatever your three numbers were.

    Anyone remember 'Dial a disc' where you dialled 160 to hear the latest pop tune? Groundbreaking……
     
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    Slightly off topic

    HANSARD 1803–20051950s 1954 May 1954 12 May 1954 Commons Sitting Personal Case, Leeds
    Whipps Cross Exchange, Leyton
    HC Deb 12 May 1954 vol 527 cc1209-101210
    §11. Mr. Sorensen
    asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when it is anticipated that the new automatic telephone exchange will be constructed and in use at Whipps Cross, Leyton; and, in consequence, what adjustments and extensions are likely to affect the local telephone service.

    §Mr. Gammans
    Whipps Cross, Leyton, is served by Leytonstone and Keystone exchanges. A new exchange to serve part of this area is to be provided, but it will not be ready for some time. Meanwhile, the existing exchanges will be extended as required to met development. It is hoped to connect some 1,000 additional lines in Leyton during the current financial year.

    §Mr. Sorensen
    Does that mean that a new name is to be given to the exchange? Can he give some idea when the building is likely to be finished, seeing that it is next door to my house?

    §Mr. Gammans
    I am sorry that we cannot serve the hon. Gentleman a little better than that. A new exchange is to be provided to serve the Coppermill subscribers. So far as I know, no name has yet been given to it.



    LEYtonstone exchange and KEYstone exchange were the same exchange. LEY = 539 = KEY.

    Reason ? Leytonstone was a working class area and some upper class people outside the borough of Leytonstone but inside the area of Leytonstone telephone exchange did not want to be associated with lower class Leytonstone and asked to be connected instead to the COPpermill telephone exchange which served middle to upper class Walthamstow.

    A GPO engineer came up with the idea of connecting these snobbish people to a "new" exchange which they called Keystone.
     
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    It's my, possibly faulty, memory that the GPO had their ANN (All Numbers Now) advertising campaign in the early 60s, so that label is unlikely to be less than 50 years old.
     
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    You should change your name to interestingoldcodger!
     
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    Assuming it's the same company based in SW London they sadly went bust about 5 years ago.

    I remember 606 being referred to as MONument and MONarch for similar reasons.
     
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    Assuming it's the same company based in SW London they sadly went bust about 5 years ago.

    I remember 606 being referred to as MONument and MONarch for similar reasons.
     
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    A pastiche I read at the time insisted that GPO would henceforth be known as 470.
     
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    Not heard that before... but I love it.

    I wonder if it's where the 147x numbers originated?

    Edited to correct number.
     
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    Calls to WOOlwich 9000 could be made free of charge from London coin box phones ( dialling a number consisting only of 9s and 0s did not require coins to be inserted as turning the dial that far bypassed the coin box's dial inhibit circuit for that digit )

    Only known number consisting only of 9's and 0's was Standard Telephones & Cables Woolwich factory in London
     
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    Hence the back-dialling bypass...
     
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    Lift the receiver, dial 0 and ask the operator to transfer you to Hunter 1479...
     
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    01470 0IS0 for Isle of Skye - Edinbane
    01471 0IS1 for Isle of Skye - Broadford
    01472 0GR2 for Grimsby
    01473 0IP3 for Ipswich
    01474 0GR4 for Gravesend
    01475 0GR5 for Greenock
    01476 0GR6 for Grantham
    01477 No letter match for Holmes Chapel
    01478 0IS8 for Isle of Skye - Portree
    01479 0GR9 for Grantown-on-Spey
     
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    My mate lived opposite a callbox,he used to ring his bookie by tapping the receiver rest the appropriate number of time with a slight gap
     
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