London Director Exchange Names

A list of all the telephone exchanges in the London (England) Director system circa 1968.
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OldNumerical equivalent of the first three letters of the exchange name
NewDigits which replaced the exchange names
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
222222ABBeyWestminsterWestminster Abbey
992220ACOrnActonAcorn Gardens
654233ADDiscombeAddiscombe and South Norwood-
980238ADVanceBow and Mile End
476252ALBert DockPlaistow and Canning TownAlbert Dock
998257ALPertonPerivale, Alperton and North Ealing-
262262AMBassadorPaddingtonsome embassies
985264AMHerstHackneyAmhurst Road
272272ARChwayHollowayroad viaduct
904276ARNoldNorth Wembley
568285ATLasIsleworth
283283AVEnueCity of LondonThrogmorton Avenue
 
672225§BALhamTootingarea served
449227BARnetBarnet-
228228BATterseaBattersea-
229229BAYswaterBayswater-
650232§BECkenhamBeckenham-
235235§BELgraviaBelgravia-
237237BERmondseyBermondsey-
303239BEXleyheathBexleyheath-
247247BIShopsgateCity of Londonstreet of this name
656258BLUebellAddiscombe and South Norwood
888209BOWes ParkWood Greenarea served
274274BRIxtonBrixton-
278278BRUnswickKing’s Cross
504282BUCkhurstWoodford and Buckhurst Hill-
950287BUShey HeathBushey Heath-
422297BYRonSouth Harrow
668299BYWoodPurley and Kenleyseveral woods
 
226226CANonburyHighburyarea served
236236§CENtralCity of LondonCentral Markets
242242CHAnceryHolbornChancery Lane
540243CHErrywoodMerton and South WimbledonCherry Wood (Shaldon Drive)
994244CHIswickChiswick-
248248§CITyCity of London-
253253CLErkenwellClerkenwell-
254254CLIssoldDalstonClissold Park
552250CLOcktowerEast Ham
205205§COLindaleColindale-
864206CONcordSouth Harrow
949200COOmbe EndNew Maldenarea served
520207COPpermillWalthamstowCoppermill Lane
240208COVent GardenCovent Garden-
550273CREscentBarkingside and Redbridge
688270CROydonCroydon-
659279CRYstal PalaceSydenham and Pengeexchg. is in Crystal Palace Park Road
286286CUNninghamMaida Vale
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
304326DANson ParkBexleyheathDanson Park
337337DERwentWorcester Park
359342DICkensHighbury
903345DILigenceWembley
450305DOLlis HillCricklewood and Dollis Hill-
592306DOMinionDagenham
373373dDREadnoughtEarls Court
908378DRUMmondNorth Wembley
204379DRYdenKingsbury
385385dDUKeFulham
690386DUNcanCatford
 
567325EALingEaling-
987327EAStPoplar“East End” of London
952334§EDGwareEdgware-
807336§EDMontonEdmonton-
339vEDWardKingston
965354ELGarHarlesdenElgar Avenue (off Mitchellbrook Way), NW10
399356ELMbridgeSurbitonElmbridge Avenue
953357ELStreeElstree-
850358ELThamEltham-
398362EMBerbrookThames Ditton
603367EMPressWest Kensington
363363ENFieldEnfield-
368368ENTerpriseSouthgate
387387EUStonEuston-
393393EWEllEwell-
 
644324§FAIrlandsSutton and Cheam
890335§FELthamFeltham and East Bedfont-
868343FIEld EndPinner and Eastcote
346346FINchleyFinchley-
348348FITzroyHornsey and Highgate
352352FLAxmanChelsea
353353§FLEet StreetFleet Street-
878350FLOralMortlake
300300FOOts CraySidcuparea served
699307FORest HillForest Hill-
677308FOUntainStreatham
882309FOX LanePalmers Green
669372mFRAnklinWallington and Carshalton
373373dFREmantleEarls Court
370370FRObisherEarls Court
385385dFULhamFulham-
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
330425GALleonWorcester Park
579430GEOrgianEaling
437437GERrardSohoGerrard Street
789442GIBbonPutneyEdward Gibbon (Decline and Fall …) was born in Putney
670447GIPsy HillGipsy Hill and West Norwood-
452452GLAdstoneCricklewood and Dollis Hill
599400GOOdmayesSeven Kings and Goodmayes-
472472GRAngewoodEast Ham
858473GREenwichGreenwich-
954474GRImsdykeStanmoresee note
499470GROsvenorMayfairGrosvenor Square
485485GULliverKentish Town
 
440423HADley GreenBarnetarea served
500424HAInaultHainault-
435426HAMpsteadHampstead-
427427HARrowHarrow-
428428HATch EndHatch End-
573429§HAYesHayes [Middlesex] and Cranford-
432432gHEAdquartersCity of LondonGPO Headquarters
202436HENdonHendon-
444444HIGhgate WoodMuswell Hillarea served
445445HILlsideNorth Finchley
698448§HITher GreenCatford and Bellinghamarea served
749404HOGarthShepherds Bush
405405HOLbornHolborn-
407407HOPSouthwarkhistorically several hop merchants
570408HOUnslowHounslow and Heston-
804409HOWardPonders End
572483HUDsonHounslow and Heston
486486HUNterSt Marylebone
462487HURstwayHayes, KentHurstfield, Hurstdene Avenue or Hurst Close
493493HYDe ParkMayfairHyde Park
 
478453ILFordIlford-
467467IMPerialChislehurst and BickleyLouis-Napoléon lived and died here
560475ISLeworthIsleworth and Brentford-
505482IVAnhoeWoodford and Buckhurst Hill
394489IVYdaleEwell
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
586586JUNiperSt.Johns Wood
 
366532KEAtsEnfield
673535KELvinBalham
589536KENsingtonSouth Kensington-
328545KILburnKilburn and Maida Vale-
546546KINgstonKingston-
857547§KIPlingMottingham and Grove Park
584564KNIghtsbridgeSouth KensingtonKnightsbridge
 
360522§LABurnumWinchmore Hill
969523LADbrokeKensal GreenLadbroke Grove
524vLAGoonSurbitonSurbiton Lagoon
947525LAKesideWimbledonLake in Wimbledon Park
580526LANghamBloomsburyLangham Place
527527LARkswoodHighams ParkLarks Wood
802528LATimerStamford Hill
852533LEE GreenLewishamarea served
539539§LEYtonstoneLeytonstone-
542542LIBertyMerton and South Wimbledon
653548§LIVingstoneNorwoodLivingstone Road
588506LONdon WallCity of London (Moorgate)London Wall
289507LORdsLords and Maida ValeLords Cricket Ground
508508LOUghtonLoughton-
397509LOWer HookChessingtonarea served
432577gLPRCity of LondonLondon Postal region
587587gLTR (RHQ)VauxhallLondon Telephones Region
583583§LUDgate CircusFleet StreetLudgate Circus
593593xLXDDagenham ?
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
622622MACaulayNine Elms
624624MAIda ValeLords (Kilburn, Maida Vale and South Hampstead)-
942625MALdenNew Malden-
626626MANsion HouseCity of London (Monument)Mansion House (building)
534627MARylandStratford and Forest GateTube Station, etc.
629629MAYfairMayfair-
458632MEAdwayGolders Green
643635MELvilleSutton and Belmont
638638§METroploitanCity of London (Monument)
959645MILl HillMill Hill-
623646MINcing LaneCity of London (Monument)Mincing Lane
648648MITchamMitcham and Morden-
979605MOLeseyEast Molesey and Hampton-
606606MONarchCity of London
600600§MOOrgateCity of LondonMoorgate
340608MOUntviewHornsey and Highgate
889685MULberryWood Green
686686MUNicipalCroydonsee note
636687MUSeumBloomsburyBritish Museum
 
628628NATionalCity of London (Moorgate)
639639§NEW CrossPeckham and New Cross-
602602NOBleWest Kensington
607607NORthBarnsburyarea is North of the City
848683NUFfieldHayes and Cranford
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
723723PADdingtonPaddington-
886725PALmers GreenPalmers Green-
727727PARkBayswater and Notting HillHyde Park
732732PECkham RyePeckham and New Cross-
997737PERivalePerivale, Alperton and North Ealing-
866746PINnerPinner and Eastcote-
855758PLUmsteadWoolwich and Plumstead-
764705§POLlardsNorburyPollards Hill
892707§POPesgroveTwickenhamroad called Popes Grove named after Alexander Pope
722774PRImroseSt.Johns WoodPrimrose Hill
876770PROspectMortlake
788788PUTneyPutney-
 
556724RAGlanLeytonstone
460728RAVensbourneBromleyriver Ravensbourne
733733REDpostBrixtonRed Post Hill
734734REGentSohoRegent Street
735735RELianceKennington and Walworth (Vauxhall)
736736RENownFulham
940742RIChmond (Surrey)Richmond (Surrey)-
594747RIPplewayBarkingRipple Road
748748RIVersideHammersmithbeside the Thames
703703RODneyCamberwell and WalworthRodney Road
709709§ROYalCity of London and WappingRoyal Mint (building)
 
657726SANdersteadSanderstead and Selsdon-
720720SCOttNine Elms
590738SEVen KingsSeven Kings and Goodmayes-
743743SHEpherds BushShepherds Bush-
739740SHOreditchShoreditch-
529745SILverthornChingford
759759SKYportLondon Airport Heathrow and Harlington-
730750SLOaneSloane Square-
530762SNAresbrookWansteadarea served
574708SOUthallSouthall-
249772SPArtanDalston
455773SPEedwellGolders Green
777777SPRingparkWest WickhamSpring Park
800782STAmford HillStamford Hill-
790783STEpney GreenStepney Green-
958780STOnegroveEdgwareStonegrove (Watling Street)
769787STReathamStreatham-
799785SULlivanWestminster
203786SUNnyhillHendon
794794SWIss CottageHampsteadarea served
778793SYDenhamSydenham and Penge-
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
822822TABardFleet StreetTabard Inn (building)
828828TATe GalleryVictoriaTate Gallery
829829gTCYWaterlooTelephones CitY
977833TEDdington LockTeddington-
836836TEMple BarCovent GardenTemple Bar (monument)
837837TERminusKings Crossrailway termini
684840§THOrnton HeathThornton Heath-
692843TIDewayDeptfordThames tideway
829853gxTLDWaterlooTelephones London District
808808TOTtenhamTottenham-
693809TOWnleyDulwich and CamberwellTownley Road
839872TRAfalgarWhitehallTrafalgar Square
553873§TREvelyanIlford
870870TROjanWandsworth
879879gTSWWimbledonTelephones South West
883883TUDorMuswell Hill
674885§TULse HillTulse Hill and Brixton Hill-
995887TURnham GreenChiswickTurnham Green
894894TWIckenham GreenTwickenham-
 
863863UNDerhillHarrowunder Harrow-on-the-Hill
660875UPLandsPurley and Kenleyhigh ground
806877UPPer ClaptonClapton-
 
554825VALentineIlfordValentine Public House, 27 Perth Road
874826VANdykeWandsworth
834842VICtoriaVictoria-
642844VIGilantSutton and Belmontdon’t know - see note
845845VIKingNortholt and YeadingViking Primary School, Radcliffe Way
349847VIRginiaFinchley
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
647925mWALlingtonWallington and Carshalton-
989926WANsteadWanstead-
302927WARing ParkSidcupWaring Park
928928WATerlooWaterloo-
578929WAXlowGreenfordWaxlow Crescent
935935WELbeckSt MaryleboneWelbeck Street
902936WEMbleyWembley-
937937WESternKensingtonWestern part of central London
930944WHItehallWestminsterWhitehall
464943WIDmoreBromleyWidmore Road
459945WILlesdenWillesden-
946946WIMbledonWimbledon-
854900WOOlwichWoolwich and Plumstead-
907907§WORdsworthKenton
 
69.4f2Ashford (Middx)
69.5f2Ashford (Middx)
298fAshtead
246275suASK - Weather, etc.
 
NewOldNameArea servedLocal justification for name
 
09597f0Badgers Mount
100f*Bayford
939fBetchworth (Surrey)
269fBiggin Hill
088387f0Bletchingley
259fBookham
265fBowmansgreen
25.5f2Burgh Heath
29.4f2Byfleet
 
22.4f2Caterham
100f*Chalvey Park
655fChertsey
260fChorleywood
266fCobham (Surrey)
964fColnbrook
5695fColney Heath
29.5f2Crayford
284fCuffley
 
32.2f2Dartford (Kent)
332fDenham (Bucks)
71.5f2Downland
 
389fEgham
999sEmergency calls
375fEpping
39.2f2Epsom
38.3f2Erith
37.6f2Esher
9679fEssendon
 
36.5f2Farnborough (Kent)
369fFarnham Common (Bucks)
320fFarningham
395fFulmer (Bucks)
 
477fGarston (Herts)
49.8f2Gerrard's Cross
088384f0Godstone
479fGreenhithe
 
420fHarefield
45.6f2Hatfield (Herts)
45.7f2Hatfield (Herts)
037286f0Headley (Surrey)
433fHertford
46.6f2Hoddesdon
49.4f2Hornchurch
49.5f2Hornchurch
 
45.4f2IngrebourneHarold Wood
490f*Iver
100f*Iver Heath
 
544fKing's Langley
562fKnockholt
 
537fLeatherhead
576fLimpsfield Chart
503fLodge Hill
5585fLong Cross
 
649fMerstham
604fMogador
 
667fNazeing
100f*North Weald
65.2f2Northwood (Middx)
682fNutfield ridge
 
66.2f2Orpington
66.3f2Orpington
830fOtford
5587fOttershaw (3 figure nos)
719fOttershaw (4 figure nos)
559sOverseas Telegram Enquiries
557sOverseas Telegrams
970fOxshott
988fOxted
 
072733f0Park Street
77.5f2Potters Bar
792fPurfleet
 
779fRadlett
76.5r2Rainham
798f*Rainham (Essex)
71.6f2Redhill
74.4f2Reigate
79.7f2Rickmansworth
70.4f2Romford
70.6f2Romford
71.3f2Ruislip
71.7f2Ruislip
 
75.2f2Slough
75.3f2Slough
766fSouth Mimms
700fSouth Ockendon
56.5f2St. Albans
56.6f2St. Albans
79.5f2Staines
6658fStapleford
76.8f2Sunbury-on-Thames
755fSwanley (Dartford)
 
823fTadworth
09598f0Tatsfield
849fTheydon Bois
123846suTIM - Speaking Clock
 
154867suUMP[ire] - Test Match score
865f*Upminster (Essex)
820fUpper Warlingham
89.3f2Uxbridge
89.5f2Uxbridge
 
97.3f2Waltham Cross
98.2f2Walton-on-Thames
98.4f2Walton-on-Thames
92.2f2Watford
92.4f2Watford
246932suWEAther
96.2f2Welwyn Garden
96.3f2Welwyn Garden
933fWest Drayton
978fWesterham
97.4f2Weybridge
95.5f2Windsor
95.6f2Windsor
905fWoldingham (Surrey)
983fWraysbury
 
 
 
Notes
 
With a few exceptions, all the above are taken from the booklet: "Dialling Instructions and Call charges  London  1968" Dd. 35/438939  1/68 (LDCB68)
Entries in the 'Area served' column are from telephone directories of the period
 
§ "Some subscribers on these exchanges were given a new telephone number or had their exchange name replaced by figures other than those shown above when they were given their all-figure number." LDCB68
 
d DREadnought and FREmantle both map on to 373. Both names were published - why? Likewise DUKe and FULham.
 
g DDI to GPO PABX's. LPR mapped on to HEAdquarters and TLD mapped on to TCY.
 
m In LDCB68 FRAnklin and WALlington are listed in the Local Calls section (ie. codes for adjacent non-director exchanges) rather than in the Director section. This is probably because it was the last manual exchange in London.
 
v LAGoon and EDWard - information from Vauxhall Victor not in LDCB68
 
u UMP ++++ see this write-up.
 
x LXD and TLD are not listed in LDCB68 but have been seen elsewhere.
 
954474 GRImsdyke When the GPO named this exchange they were probably thinking of Grim's Dyke the house and estate on Oxhey Lane, Harrow Weald which is best remembered as being the house where W. S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan lived and died. But the house is in turn named after Grim's Ditch, a Romano-British earthwork which runs near the house.
 
686686 MUNicipal The main phone number for the London Borough of Croydon offices was MUNicipal 4433. But this doesn't really justify the choice of exchange name. This number still works and is widely publicised, eg. here. But the council's own website now gives this page with a lot of DDI numbers.
 
Exchange names had quite a wide influence:
One or two of the 'Area served' entries are affected. For example, if LORds exchange had been called something different, the GPO would have described the area served as 'Maida Vale and St. John's Wood'. The cricket ground has not really given its name to the area.

Non-geographic exchange names - such as GALleon and GULliver - often gave their names to local shops. A quick directory enquiry on half a dozen exchange names in 1999 threw up just one example:  The Vigilant Off-Licence, 6 Regent Parade, Sutton - still with a phone number on Vigilant exchange.

Some of the things I have put down as justification for name may in fact be derivations from the exchange name. I suspect that Elgar Avenue was built after Elgar exchange got its name and that the exchange may in fact have had an influence on the name of the Avenue.



Comments, corrections and suggestions to fill in the blanks in the 'Local justification for name' column will be gratefully received by: Phreak@RHaworth.net
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