Electric Telegraph Company
At creation the company purchased all the patents Cooke and Wheatstone had obtained to date. It merged with the International Telegraph Company in 1855 to become the Electric and International Telegraph Company. C.F. Varley was chief engineer in the 1860s.
The company was nationalised by the British government in 1870 and British Telecom, the giant multi-national communications corporation based in over 170 countries worldwide today, is a direct descendant of Cooke's Electric Telegraph Company.
Records of the Electric Telegraph Company (33 volumes), 1846-1872, the International Telegraph Company (5 volumes), 1852-1858 and the Electric and International Telegraph Company (62 volumes), -1905 are held by BT Archives.
- Distant Writing - The History of the Telegraph Companies in Britain between 1838 and 1868
- Distant Writing - Detailed history of the Electric Telegraph Company
- BT Archives official site
- BT Archives online catalogue
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