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W.T. Henley moved to London in 1830, working as a labourer in the docks. In his spare time he taught himself instrument making. He undertook work for a number of people, including Charles Wheatstone. When the Electric Telegraph Company was set up using the Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph, Henley supplied the telegraph instruments.

As the business developed he moved from Whitechapel to Clerkenwell and then to Enderby's Wharf at Greenwich, where he shared a factory with Glass, Elliot, and Company. A few months after this he moved again, this time setting up a factory on the opposite side of the Thames at North Woolwich.

While sharing the factory with Glass, Elliot, Henley decided to enter the submarine cable industry, this prompting the move to North Woolwich. He purchased his core from the Gutta Percha Company or William Hooper's company. The first order received was to link Ceylon to India. Hooper supplied the core and Henley added the armouring. This was followed by an order from the Spanish Government to link Ceuta and Algeciras. He also received many sub-contract orders from the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company. The firm continued making submarine cables until the turn of the century when they more or less ceased production. Shortly after World War II the company became part of Associated Electrical Industries Ltd., (AEI) and the North Woolwich factory closed.

In 1967, The General Electric Company took over AEI Cables and the Henley name was reborn as GEC Henley Limited. The final change was in March 1997 when Henley's was acquired by TT electronics plc. Click here for the history of W.T. Henley from the TT website.

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[00015] Stromteiler: 1/9, 1/99, 1/999; Henley GB, ca. 1880