The Old Telephone Company,  Essex, England
Established in 1986
Exclusively old telephones and parts for 25 years
I have personally restored and sold over 3000 old telephones

 Click here to go to British 300 1930's to1960's Ring back memories with Up    an old Bakelite telephone Click here to go to British Candlestick 1900's to 1930's       

For Spare Parts Click Here                            For Repairs and Conversions Click Here


Contact        How to find me

All telephones are available to buy by mail order
15 post and packing to all parts of the UK.
Smaller parts post and packing is from 3.50 to UK only
You can collect from my shop at weekends by arrangement


How to find me
About Us
What is in the Shop?
Mail Order
Frequently Asked Questions



The Old Telephone Company is located in ground floor of The Old Granary, which is part of Battlesbridge Antiques Centre complex.
For opening hours please see the home page.

The Old Granary
has wheelchair access to most of the ground floor. In addition to the ground floor, there are antique and collectables dealers on three more floors.
Parking There is extensive parking including disabled bays encircling The Old Granary up to the riverbank.
The Willow Tea Room Cafe on the 4th floor serves all day breakfasts and light refreshments. Every table has window seats with views of the River Crouch; Battlesbridge Harbour; remains of the tide mill and mill pond, and the other buildings of the antiques centre.
The whole antiques centre covers a several acre site on the banks of The River Crouch and is reputed to be the largest antiques centre in East Anglia.
The Barge Public House which is less than a minutes walk from my shop, has recently been completely re-furbished.

All the telephones are:-
Original, not reproductions.
     Shown in a "hands on" display.
     Restored by myself.
        In stock, either ready for sale, or waiting restoration

They are individually priced, based on age, condition and features. Prices shown on this web site are only shown as a guide, and are based on the customer collecting the telephone from my shop.
A tip for personal callers to the shop.
The best selection of telephones can be seen after re-stocking on a Saturday morning.

  • Most are guaranteed for one year.
  • Some early telephones cannot satisfactorily be converted for use today. They are sold to collectors without a guarantee.
  • Using dial telephones on today's telephone lines. Please read this important notice.
    All my converted telephones are guaranteed to work on a BT line.
    If your broadband service provider uses a BT line, there should not be a problem.
    I am not aware of any problem with a BT line.
    If you are using an ancillary service such as SKY satellite box, there should not be a problem.


    For those on a Virgin or TalkTalk line who wish to use the dial, or a * or # key, this could be the answer to your problem.

    If you are on a BT or Sky line and wish to use a * or # key.

    I can fit a Rotatone module to the telephone which will enable the telephone to be used normally.

    Currently this service is available for most Candlestick, 200, 300 and 700, Belgian and Kirks series telephones, but I am actively investigating their use with other telephones.

    I can supply and fit a Rotatone unit to your telephone for 35.

    This service is available for telephones bought by mail order and those in the shop.

    I may be able to retrofit the Rotatone to your telephone (subject to inspection and at least 2 days notice) in the shop while you wait.


    A dial telephone will ring correctly and not interfere with a modern push button telephone on the same line provided the extension sockets have been correctly wired to the 3 or 4 wire standard.

    Mail Order

    All my telephones and spares are available by mail order.
    Telephones that are restored and in stock are available for immediate delivery. There are many more telephones waiting restoration which can be ordered. Restoration time is usually 1 to 2 weeks although a faster service can sometimes be arranged.
    I use ParcelForce 48 which is a next day signed for service. Post and packing for a telephone to a UK mainland address (Excluding parts of Scotland) is 15.
    Spare parts are normally sent by 1st class mail.

    I strongly recommend that you contact me first before making a journey.

  • Terms: Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Maestro (Switch). BACS and IBAN bank transfer.
     Cheques are no longer accepted
Click here to visit the Battlesbridge Antiques centre website

Click here to see the Battlesbridge Antiques Centre web site

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Credit/Debit Cards are the preferred method of payment. I no longer accept cheques.

If you wish to place an order, or have an enquiry, please read all below.

Please call me (Gavin Payne) by telephone if you wish to place an order for a telephone, spare parts, or have an enquiry.  I can usually be reached 9.00am to 5.45pm any day, including weekends. Calls in the evening are not appreciated and could make me very grumpy. The number is 01245 400601.

I am in the shop most Saturday and Sunday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00. These are the only times I am in the shop for the sale of spare parts, conversions and repairs.  Conversions and repairs can often be carried out while you wait.

If you have a telephone that you want to know more about, or have it repaired or converted, please have it right next to you when you call. Please also have a selection of small flat bladed screwdrivers to hand.
 I do not give advice for DIY repairs or conversions or valuations of any kind over the telephone or by email. Please bring the telephone to my shop for assessment, but always call me first before bringing it in.

Emails to or copy and paste into your email programme or app .

By post to The Old Telephone Company, The Old Granary, Battlesbridge Antiques Centre,
 Battlesbridge, Essex SS11 7RE.

The Old Telephone Company respects your privacy, and will not divulge any information about you to a third party.
Copyright 1996 to 2013 by The Old Telephone Company