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County of London Electric Supply Co

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Presumably successor to the County of London and Brush Provincial Electric Lighting Co.

1904 The County of London Electric Supply Company planned to bring in an Order in Parliament to allow the company to compulsorily purchase land at various locations, erect generating stations, etc[1]

1912 A correspondent to The Times identified the company's Westminster Power Station as one of 6 which should be considered for an integrated London supply; it generated 2 phase 50 Hz 6kV with distribution at 200V[2]

1913 Gained the Romford order, allowing the company to supply electricity in Essex and build a station at Barking.

1913 Six London companies placed a large advert about potential uses of electricity in the home and office - in the drawing room, in the dining room, in the bedroom, for cooking and for vacuum cleaning[3]

1914 20th OGM [4]. The company had added a larger number of customers than any other London electricity supply company in the past year. The company had modern power houses at Wandsworth and City Road, as well as investments in the Bournemouth and Poole Co and the Airdrie and Coatbridge Co. The key issue facing London was the diversity of suppliers in London (29 undertakings, including 13 companies) with many different supply voltages and qualities, as well as the prospect of the London County Council taking over the company's interests in London in 1931 with the effect this was having on investment.

1918 The company offered to acquire the shareholders' interests in the South Metropolitan Electric Light and Power Co Ltd[5], and had demonstrated interconnection of the Sutton station of the South Metropolitan Electric Tramways and Lighting Co with the company's 2 stations. Successful interconnection with the South London Electric Supply Co had also been demonstrated[6].

1923 Acquired control of Kent Electric Power Co, South East Kent Electric Power Co and South Metropolitan Electric Light and Power Co

1925 Completed the first phase of Barking Power Station, Archibald Page joined the company as director and general manager[7].

Continued to extend to adjoining areas.

1944 Acquired Brentwood District Electric Co Ltd

1948 Nationalised[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 25 November 1904
  2. The Times Jun 12, 1912
  3. The Times, Dec 01, 1913
  4. The Times, Mar 17, 1914
  5. The Times, Mar 01, 1918
  6. The Times Mar 19, 1918
  7. The Times, Mar 08, 1949
  8. The Times, 10 March 1948
  • The Times, 17 March 1948