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Charing Cross and Strand Electric 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]

1893 Siemens Brothers and Co supplied a dynamo rated at 343 A, 210V, to be driven by a Willans GGG engine at 460 rpm [2]

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 Company, 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[3]

1903 A separately-operated undertaking was established to serve the City of London[4]

The company had a power station at Lambeth

1905 the company became the Charing Cross, West End and City Electricity Supply Co, a public company[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 17, 1893
  2. Siemens Brothers and Co Order book July 1893 - Nov 1894, Order No. A2921, 4 Aug 1893
  3. Wood Lane History[1]
  4. The Times, Jul 14, 1903
  5. The Engineer 1905/03/10 p254