The Districts Public Telephones
Long before the days of telephones in almost every home
Alan has again set off the hare at a tangent. I have therefore started this article to collate the relevant comments and leave the original article on the High Road Shops to concentrate on that.
Alan’s initial comment (14/09/2013)
Having commented on the plethora of meat purveyors and cafes I cannot but wonder about the paucity of public telephone boxes. (Admittedly a little off the subject of shops and public buildings but of the same genre I would suggest.) I can only remember two public telephone boxes. One outside the Challenger off licence and one outside the railway station booking hall. I have a vague thought that there might have been two others, one in St Nicholas Lane opposite Pound Lane and one up the Crown hill in the vicinity of the old ARP post, but I suspect memory is playing me false regarding these latter two. I have no memory of anyone ever using them. Who would you call anyway? No one I knew ever had a telephone in the house. I surmise they were used in an emergency, to call an ambulance, call the doctor’s office, the police, report a fire, etc. I imagine a telephone existed at the other end to complete such emergency calls. Given such a small number of calls I am sure that the GPO could not make a profit on their investment. The existence of public telephone boxes in Laindon must have been simply to meet the community’s needs.