what does the average telephone exchange building look like ?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by banzai, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. banzai

    banzai Guest

    Afternnon punters. I've recently delevoped an unhealthy interest in
    broadband technology and the village where I live is soon to have it's
    exchange upgraded. I was wondering what the exchange builiding/housing would
    look like as the village is very small and (of all the buildings i'm aware
    of) none would seem (to me at least) to be the said exchange.

    banzai, Feb 17, 2004
    1. Advertisements

  2. banzai

    Lurch Guest

    Bricks, a door, and possibly a window or two?
    Probably a big sign outside saying something like BT Exchange.

    A.C.S. Ltd.
    Lurch, Feb 17, 2004
    1. Advertisements

  3. banzai

    Kráftéé Guest

    May not even be in your village, but in one of the neighbouring ones. But
    they range from little 'chicken shed' affairs to rather larger brick built
    buildings. Keep your eyes open & just look & see where the BT vans are
    parking on a regular basis...
    Kráftéé, Feb 17, 2004
  4. banzai

    Notty Pine Guest

    That's it, I have found it now, it's called the Red Lion
    Notty Pine, Feb 17, 2004
  5. banzai

    Pete Smith Guest

    There used to be a website which listed the exact locations of all the UK's
    telephone exchanges, which could pinpoint them to about a hundred yards or

    Whatever happened to that?

    Pete Smith, Feb 17, 2004
  6. banzai

    M. J. Powell Guest

    The exchange in this village looked like a small, brick-built domestic
    garage, big enough for one car. Pitched roof. Window high-up.

    M. J. Powell, Feb 17, 2004
  7. banzai

    Lurch Guest

    From the uk.telecom archives
    "It's a shame then that BT exchanges all (well, lots) have postal
    addresses and postcodes listed in the Postal Address Book (under
    Organisations, British Telecom).

    Most are listed as "Telephone Exchange", some just as "Exchange" and
    some as "Automatic Telephone Exchange". Some places are just listed as


    I also found a couple of references to url's for bt exchange
    locations, they all seem to have expired.

    A.C.S. Ltd.
    Lurch, Feb 17, 2004
  8. banzai

    F F Skitty Guest


    well, I don't know about "pinpointing" - it certainly gives the full
    F F Skitty, Feb 17, 2004
  9. There used to be a website which listed the exact locations of all the

    Don't know about England but it only lists 7 for the whole of Scotland. No
    wonder we have a problem getting broadband ;o)

    Steven Campbell, Feb 17, 2004
  10. Steven Campbell wrote:

    "Don't know about England but it only lists 7 for the whole of Scotland."

    Comedy answers dept....

    1) there used to be 66 but they nicked them
    2) most of them are in rehab
    3) Have they added one?
    Phil McCavity, Feb 17, 2004
  11. banzai

    Filthy Rich Guest

    Congratulations to Notty Pine on the funniest post I've read in a long
    time. You made me larf.......

    Filthy Rich
    Music House
    Filthy Rich, Feb 17, 2004
  12. banzai

    Ian McIntosh Guest

    The three exchanges in and around my neighbourhood are completely
    unremarkable brick buildings, with no obvious BT signage. Since they are
    mostly (entirely?) automated nowadays, unless yours is an older exchange
    that has continued in use, forget about windows - machines don't need them.
    The one in our town has a mast on it with what looks like VHF/UHF dipole
    antennae on it. Then again, it's on considerably higher ground that the
    local Cop Shop, so maybe BT rented the space to the boys in blue...

    Ian McIntosh, Feb 17, 2004
  13. banzai

    Jasper Guest

    Thats a vicious lie....you must be looking at Telewest vans instead...
    Jasper, Feb 17, 2004
  14. banzai

    P H Guest

    P H, Feb 17, 2004
  15. banzai

    Pete Smith Guest

    Subject: Re: what does the average telephone exchange building look like ?
    From: Pete Smith <>

    That's a good start, but by the look of it, these are only the "main" ones
    (DLE?). They don't list the smaller village ones (for example. I know the
    exchange in Ruabon is next to a church, down the road from the Canton Chef
    chinese takeaway), and I verified this via some website that had _all_ the
    exchanges listed.

    Doing an availability check on adslguide gives telephone exchange codes not
    listed on that site. The information _is_ out there somewhere!

    Pete Smith, Feb 17, 2004
  16. banzai

    Rupert Guest

    Many (most/all?) seem to be listed here...


    for some reason..?
    Rupert, Feb 17, 2004
  17. banzai

    Kráftéé Guest

    Or NTL, it's hard to tell the difference nowadays what with them all being
    the same colour & the logos all being modenistic.

    Now where's a good old yellow Buzby van when you need it, at least people
    could see it not like the wonderful white things they've got now...
    Kráftéé, Feb 17, 2004
  18. banzai

    Peter Guest

    If Banzai named his village, I'm sure someone could help. A list I had in a
    past life, IIRC, ran to about 250 pages in MS Word, albeit all capital
    letters, and each building listed several times depending upon the number of
    switches in it.
    Peter, Feb 17, 2004
  19. banzai

    Sunil Sood Guest

    The above list contains loads of errors - I think several of them have been
    pointed out here in the past

    You can try http://farina1.com/btexchanges.htm instead - its not complete
    but I think it has about 70/75% of BT's exchanges listed

    I advise you to save the page to your computer and then open it - its approx

    Sunil Sood, Feb 17, 2004
  20. I think that's something else entirely, Crown Castle deal with mobile phone
    masts, tv & radio transmitters etc so it will be the locations of those sort
    of things I guess.

    Sebastian Kinnaird, Feb 17, 2004
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.