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Skelton High Street

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Dating from 1911, this postcard view of Skelton High Street, shows the news agents shop on the corner. Still there today (J. S. & N. Devaney), in 1911 the business was run by widow Mrs. Margaret Jane Clay. Mrs Clay also operated the telephone exchange. We presumed it was in the same building, but we are now advised by Peter Appleton: “It is my understanding that the first telephone exchange was located in the same property as the telegraph. That would be 15 or 17 High Street (I forget which). Up until a few years ago, this property still had the hatch in the inner front door, through which the messages were passed.”
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Peter Appleton for that update.

1 comment to Skelton High Street

  • Peter Appleton

    It is my understanding that the first telephone exchange was located in the same property as the telegraph. That would be 15 or 17 High Street (I forget which). Up until a few years ago, this property still had the hatch in the inner front door, through which the messages were passed

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