Telegraph Cable Works, Greenwich Peninsula, 1857


Engraving entitled 'Messrs. Glass and Elliot's Atlantic Telegraph Cable Works at East Greenwich', from an article published by the Illustrated London News, 1857.

The first telegraph cable to be laid across the Atlantic was made at Glass and Elliott's cable factory in East Greenwich.

The finished cable was loaded on to Brunel's famous ship the "Great Eastern" and successfully laid across the Atlantic in 1866.

Alcatel, the telecommunications company, maintains that tradition at Enderby’s Wharf to this day.