19th Century Telegraph Cable
A piece of 19th century telegraph cable.
Part of the Greenwich Borough Museum collection.

Telegraph cables were invented in the 1830s. Some of the first cables were made at the rope factory on Greenwich Marsh. They were made from copper wire twisted and covered in hemp, canvas and rubber. By 1901, several large factories had been making cables in Greenwich for 50 years.

Unique ID: H2861
Creator: The telegraph construction and maintenance company
Date:c. 1900
Copyright: Out of Copyright