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The Telephone in Bures

 

The first Telephone Exchange opened in the village in 1922.
Early (circa 1930) allocated numbers were as follows:-

Mr E. Radford.(Postmaster & Call Office)....No1
The Hon Mrs J Stirling ......No2

Gordon Drake Butchers.... No3
Bures Hall.....No4
Brand & Sons.... No5
Deaves Builders/Gas & Coke Co Ltd.....  No6
David Griffith Physician..... No7
Church`s Seeds..... No8
C Hitchcock.....No9
E. Cousins/Eight Bells/Car repairs....  No10
H. C. Chambers
...No11
George Barron, Farmer ....No12
E Webber/Farmer....No13
Webb and Packe/General Agents..... No14
Hon H. R. Balfour ....No15

J. R. Probert....No16
E. Tufnull....No17
M. C.Hitchcock....No18
E. Pennefalter.....No19

G Scoones/High Pale..... No20
Melso Dyers/Factory)..... No21
E Carter/Angel Inn..... No22
S.J. Tufnell...No23
R. Bugg/Fruit Growers....No24
Dr Thomas Wood.....No25
Gosvenor Berry/Farmer.....No26
F Pilmott/Farmer....No27
H. M. Miller.....No28
A. Laurie/Farmer.....No29
W.B. Goddard.....No30
Miss M. Woodhouse....No31








radford
Sorting Office
No1.
The General Stores and Post Office owned by Mr Radford in Church Square was the location of the first manually operated telephone exchange.
It opened during 1922.
The Telephone Directory issued in 1924 listed 25 subscribers.

No2
Mechanical Strowger Telephone Exchange (UAX13)opened on 2nd March 1939 located in Colchester Rd.
The initial number of subscribers on changeover was 98.
30.09.1944 listed 110 subscribers
30.06.1948 listed 166 subscribers
09.12.1965 listed 350 subscribers
20.07.1972 listed 593 subscribers
01.02.1977 (closure) listed 657 subscribers

Currently used as a sorting office by the Royal Mail.


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No3.
Current Telephone Exchange located in Nayland Road. Typical uniform constructed BT building.
Opened on the 1st February 1977 with 657 subscribers.
All existing 3 figure numbers were prefixed with 227 and 4 figures numbers with 22.
At that time of opening, it had a capacity to connect 1000 subscribers.

Update July 2014
Exchange currently has 1213 residential and 63 business customers