Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Warehouse Wednesday - Sutton Coldfield Telephone Exchange

Suton Coldfield telephone exchange

Close to the station in Sutton Coldfield, is the telephone exchange. Built in the 1930s, it replaced an earlier building opened in 1901 that by 1903 had 38 subscribers. Presumably the residents had taken to the new-fangled communications device, hence the new building. In 1976, it became home to Britain's first commercially produced electronic telephone exchange, the TXE4.

It's a nice looking structure with a simple stone doorway that looks like one from the Wills building accessories pack. Windows might be a fiddle, but the decorative bricks along the top are just like those found on the bottom of a Superquick brickpaper sheet. 

1 comment:

Duncan Young said...

I think Brassmasters produce soem of the more complex windows for a fine utility building as this?