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Charing Cross, West End and City Electricity Supply Co

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1883 The Gatti brothers, who owned the Royal Adelphi theatre and the Adelaide restaurant in The Strand, supplied their premises from a small local generating unit

1893 Incorporated as a public company[1]

1896 The Gatti's generating unit was moved to larger premises at Lambeth.

1900 In order to acquire larger premises, land further out (at Stratford) was acquired. The Gatti's company, Charing Cross and Strand Electricity Supply Co, acquired Parliamentary powers to produce and supply electricity from the generating station which was called Bow. It operated on the AC system; six substations were established including those at Fenchurch St. in the City and St. Martins Lane in the West End.

1902 Opened a 11,000 volt, three phase power station at Bow[2]

1903 A separately operated undertaking was established to serve the City of London[3]

1905 the company became Charing Cross, West End and City Electricity Supply Co, a public company[4]

1912 A correspondent to The Times identified the company's West Ham station as one of 6 which should be considered for bulk supply in an integrated London network; it generated 3 phase 50 Hz 10kV with 3 wire DC distribution at 200V and 400V[5]

1913 Had generating stations at Bow and West End; the Lambeth station had been closed[6]

1920 One of 9 London electricity supply companies who formed London Electricity Joint Committee (1920) in opposition to the schemes proposed by the Electricity Commissioners for London

1923 The West Ham, Essex generating station and main transmission assets were acquired by the London Electricity Joint Committee[7].

1925 Bow was amalgamated with nine other generating companies in the London Power Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 17, 1893
  2. Wood Lane History[1]
  3. The Times, Jul 14, 1903
  4. The Engineer 1905/03/10 p254
  5. The Times Jun 12, 1912
  6. The Times, Mar 05, 1913
  7. The Times, Oct 16, 1928
  • Newham Story [2]