Why is Enderby Wharf so important?

From the 1850s to the 1970s Enderby Wharf in Greenwich is where people made most of the undersea cables that connect the world’s telegraph, telephone and now internet networks. More than 160 years after the first cables were made there, a factory behind Enderby Wharf still makes vital equipment for subsea cables to connect the world’s internet services.


It was where the world’s first telegraph cables were made in the 1850s, pioneering technologies that for the first time allowed people to send and receive messages in minutes rather than days or weeks.


The people who worked at Enderby Wharf have had a leading role in building the technologies that connected the world — from the 19th century telegraph networks to the international phone networks of the 1970s to the internet today.


In its first 100 years the Enderby Wharf factory made 82% of the world’s subsea cables, 713,000 km of cable.


We hope you agree and will want to help us work to secure the future of Enderby House and the cable-loading gear on the river bank. If you’d like to get in touch with us, click on “about” for names, email addresses and phone numbers