Kingham (71 from Chipping Norton)


Grid Ref: SP259237

Kingham's first telephone service, introduced at the beginning of the century, was a party line from Chipping Norton connecting the post offices of local villages. Today Kingham Sub Post Office has the number 658201, effectively "Kingham 1". The provision of an exchange in the village was refused by the Post Office for many years until eight potential subscribers could be found. Kingham exchange serves three large villages - Kingham, Churchill and Bledington plus the smaller communities of Adlestrop, Sarsden, Cornwall, Foscot and Daylesford. When the electromechanical exchange was replaced by digital, numbers became 6-digit beginning 658 or 659 although there are still subscribers who insist on answering calls with their old 3-digit number. The exchange "garden" used to be very well kept.

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