British and Irish Magnetic Telegraph Company office, 1859.
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The plate is taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. 'To confer at the distance of the Indies may be as useful to us in future times as literary correspondances'. The dream of connecting the world via telegraphy is demonstrated by the names of the continents inscribed acros the building. Telecommunications had made huge advances over the century as they became increasingly important to new industries such as the railways and by 1900 all the major land mases except for Antarctica were connected. This telegraphy station was designed by Sir Horace Jones (1819-1887) and built in 1959.