Find Out More

Websites:

www.porthcurno.org.uk
A museum in Cornwall where many of the early cables entered the sea, and where the Telcon archives from Enderby Wharf are kept

atlantic-cable.com
Here you can find a detailed history of the early cables and the people who built them

thetelegraphfield.com
The history of the site in Ireland where the first Atlantic cable landed

www.seethesites.ca/the-sites/heart’s-content-cable-station.aspx
This site describes where the cable landed in Newfoundland

greenwichpeninsulahistory.wordpress.com
The history of the Greenwich Peninsula, including Enderby

greenwichindustrialhistory.blogspot.co.uk
The huge contribution of Greenwich to our technological history

There’s a basic history of Enderby Wharf on Wikipedia here

There’s a longer history of the Enderby family on Wikipedia here

Alcatel-Lucent publishes its history here, but you need to scroll down to 1993 to find its acquisition of what was then Standard Telephones & Cables

Grace’s Guide, a site about British industrial history, has information about Telcon, as well as its predecessors, Glass, Elliot and Gutta Percha Co, and its successor companies, Submarine Cables Ltd and then STC. Grace’s Guide brings together indexed contents from a number of sources from 1820 onwards, including pages of two leading magazines, The Engineer and Engineering

Books:

Greenwich Marsh – the 300 years before the Dome
A fascinating account of the industries that were in the area, not just Telcon but also Mowlem and Bessemer as well as makers of penny-farthing bicycles, steam cars and guns. Written in 1999 by Dr Mary Mills. The book is hard to get hold of but is occasionally available on Abe Books

The Victorian Internet
book by Greenwich-born Tom Standage, digital editor of The Economist, which explains the importance of the international telegraph to the 19th century communications revolution. You can buy it from Amazon here

The Atlantic Telegraph
A complete account of the work to link Europe and America, by William Howard Russell and first published in 1866. It was reprinted by Nonsuch Publishing in 2005 and copies are available via Amazon

The Telcon Story
Written by GL Lawford and LR Nicholson, this was published in 1950 by Telcon, the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Copies are available on Amazon from a few pounds (but be careful  — some sellers ask for several hundred pounds)

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