In 1986 there was a visit to the Stoke Fleming telephone exchange for the Doomsday Reloaded project. This is probably the old telephone exchange in Mill Road, which is now a cold store for a fish merchant.
Just outside Stoke Fleming is a large building looking like a stone walled bungalow.Actually it is the telephone exchange. It has been built to blend in with its beautiful area. It is very big because it is not just the village's phone lines which go there. From Blackpool Sands a cable goes under the sea to the Channel Islands. It can carry 500 telephone calls at once. In our visit to the Exchange we saw where it joins the national phone system. In the exchange they have their own enormous generators to keep the phones working if there is a cut in the electricity supply. The exchange is automatic and we watched the numbers being dialled.