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Thread #53615   Message #828563
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
17-Nov-02 - 03:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Old London telephone exchange names
Subject: RE: BS: Old London telephone exchange names
We didn't have a phone until after I'd left home at the age of 18!

Now we'd be ALBert Dock or CLOck Tower..... although it actuallly comes out as Norwood.. the other side of London!

If you look at a lot of local police station numbers, the last 4 digits are 1212.... my own local one is 472 1212, Dorset Police is the Dorset code, area code, 1212.... People don't believe me when I tell them this came about because it was Scotland Yard's number.

And it's actually a lot easier to say 1212 rather than 999. 999 was chosen because it was easy to find the numbers on the old round dial phones with the finger stop... find the stop, 2 fingers in the holes, the second hole is 9.