The St Peter in the Wood Telephone Exhange and the Falla family:

"Telephones were few and far in those early years. A small telephone exchange had been established at Nico Falla's house below the church at St. Saviours. In 1903 the States Telephone Committee offered to train the eldest of Falla's ten daughters as operator if she consented to run a bigger exchange at St. Peter's. They constructed a building to house it adjoining the school at Les Brehauts with accommodation for herself and her family. They called the small building appropriately Ariel Cottage. As more and more people applied to have a telephone installed in their homes Mrs Lizzie Brouard (one of the ten Falla daughters) trained two of her younger sisters to assist her. In those days all parish calls had to go through this telephone exchange"

"St. Pierre du Bois", The Story of a Guernsey parish and its people", by Marie De Garis.

"The country parish of St Peter's saw the next significant expansion. The existing exchange had grown in importance as more and more people from the surrounding area became subscribers. The Telephone Council had to admit that the service to this area had been 'indifferent', and so it decided to build a new branch switch-room. This work was carried out very quickly, and the finished building was named Ariel Cottage."

"100 years of Guernsey Telephones"

In June 1901, the original plan I had formed for the telephoning of Guernsey was completed by the opening of a switch room at St Saviours. The operating was undertaken by Mr N falla who being blessed with a family of numerous daughters continued in charge for many years, the girls, as they grew up succeeding each other as operators until in turn removed to other spheres of usefulness by marriage. At last, in March 1924, Fortunata's quiver was at last exhausted and no other family being available the Exchange was amalgamated with that at At Peter-Wood, the wires being transferred thither by underground cables.
The service given at St Peter-Wood being indifferent and the Exchange growing in importance, the Council decided to erect a cottage and put in their own staff. They bought a vergee of land from Mr James and invited tenders to a design prepared by Mr JN Taylor. The contract was let in October 1903 (1905?) to Mr J Bougourd for £534 and a pretty and satisfactory little house which General Mainguy named Ariel Cottage was speedily erected. A new switchboard was supplied by James McMillan and Co was installed and has since been extended until at the date of writing, March 1925, it accommodates 262 subscribers, 7 public telephones and 12 junction lines. A little branch switchroom at the Forest was now closed , the wires being diverted to St Peter-Wood.
It may not be out of place to remark here that from the beginning of the Department, marriage portions had been given to the operating girls switching themselves on to matrimonial connections, the amount depending on the length of service. This had occurred on several occasions and the dot was much appreciated . the Council continued the practice until the inauguration of the Departmental Pension and Benefit Fund when the responsibility was transferred to it. The Fund has already been called upon a few times for the States' telephone girls have always married freely. Their reiterated cry of " Ring, please" has evidently been taken seriously in more senses than one by eligible young men.
During the war when many of the regular girls went to other employments the service was carried on by operators who had married and now returned temporarily to what one of them termed " the dear old switch room". The Department had cause to be grateful for such aid and subscribers too.

From " History of the States of Guernsey Telephone System 1895-1925" by Alfred Rosling Bennett

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A picture of Arial Cottage: