The Old Telephone Company
The Old Telephone Company was formed in 1986 by Gavin Payne, then a process control engineer with The Central Electricity Generating Board.
With retirement still some time away, I realised that a more demanding hobby than photography was called for. By a series of co-incidences my attention was drawn to old telephones resulting in the formation of "The Old Telephone Company". Initially I exhibited my telephones at antique fairs mainly in North London, and East Anglia.
In 1990 I retired, and shortly afterwards was persuaded to open a unit at The Battlesbridge Antiques Centre.
The advantages of going to the shop include:
See and handle the telephones and ask questions about them.
Hear a recorded message about the telephones on each telephone on display. You can hear what it is like.
You may use the telephones like an intercom and speak to each other.
You can ring the bells.
It is all easy to use and require little or no help from the staff. Have fun!
A selection of spares is available for sale over the counter, but only when I am in attendance.
Workshop facilities are available at Battlesbridge. I may be able to convert or repair your telephone while you wait..
I am normally in the shop (situated on the ground floor of the Old Granary) every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm but the shop can be opened every day between 10am and 5:30pm.