Records created and used by the Lancashire and Cheshire Telephonic Exchange Company Limited

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection consists of phone books of the Lancashire Telephone Exchange Limited and Lancashire and Cheshire Telephonic Exchange Company Limited (c1880-86) and secretariat records including legal papers and share documents (1881-89).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Lancashire and Cheshire Telephonic Exchange Company Limited was formed as a subsiduary of the United Telephone Company on 21 May 1881 with a capital of £250,000 to operate in Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man, Westmorland and North Wales. The Company commenced operations in Liverpool and Manchester by absorbing The Lancashire Telephonic Exchange Limited, and later other small telephone concerns in the area.

On 1 May 1889 the Company merged with the United Telephone Company and the National Telephone Company to form a new company under the title of the National Telephone Company.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for research at BT Archives, see www.bt.com/archives.

Acquisition Information

These records were transferred by the Post Office Archives between 1 June 1991 and 30 April 1992.

Other Finding Aids

Full catalogues for BT Archives can be searched at www.bt.com/archivesonline.