Esoteric London

No. 1112: Cable Street, E1

Posted in Lettering by esotericlondon on June 3, 2014

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Cable Street, London, E1. Photo ©RogerDean 2014

London and Londoners in the Eighteen-Fifties and Sixties – Alfred Rosling Bennett, 1924:

It may surprise many Londoners to learn that their telegrams were cheaper in the 1850s and 1860s than in 1924, but it is a fact. The London District Telegraph Company established stations in many parts of the City and suburbs, and accepted and delivered telegrams at 6d. per twenty words including addresses. To-day a similar message costs 1s. for twelve words. The Company also took telegrams for any part of the United Kingdom and abroad; these they transferred by wire to the other Companies concerned. Their chief office was in Cannon Street, and they were in existence many years, until the purchase of the telegraphs by the Post Office in 1870. This Company used the Morse ink-writer instrument, and, as a rule, employed girl clerks. Their engineers introduced at least one novelty in construction, being the first to bunch several insulated wires into a cable and hang it over the housetops. I believe the very first of these aerial cables, which, at a later period, were much employed by the Telephone Companies, crossed King William Street.

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