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Chipperfield Within Living Memory

2nd of December 2005

Chipperfield Telephone Exchange

On page 57 of Chipperfield Within Living Memory Mary Moore tells us about the Chipperfield Telephone Exchange, which was situated in the Iron Room. This stood at the back of the Red Admiral and next to Inglenook opposite the War Memorial. Now thanks to research carried out be two members of the Kings Langley History Society and kindly brought to my attention by Stephen Morrill, we have further information about the village’s early telephone service.

Initially only 9 people subscribed to the telephone due to the high cost. The calls were transferred by Mrs Win Waterhouse, who ran a haberdashery shop in the Red Admiral, which was specifically built for this purpose. This sub-exchange operated between 1913 and 1923, at which date all 34 then subscribers were transferred to Kings Langley Exchange. In September 1920, the first nine subscribers in telephone number order were:-

Waterhouse E., Draper; Aronson Arthur, Mill House; Blundell H.S. Moss, Callipers Hall; Bunyan W.I, The Stores; St Dunstan’s Poultry Farm, Whippendell Bottom; Rivington Arthur, Solicitor, Chipperfield Common (Little Callipers); Rose Mrs, Braziers; Brunker Miss, Whippendell House; Waterhouse J, Builder, Decorator, Contractor.

Mary Nobbs

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