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Wakefield Electricity Works

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Built for the Corporation of Wakefield; consulting engineer Robert Hammond.

John Fowler and Co, Leeds, supplied the boilers, engines, alternators, and switch gear with boilers built by Spurr, Inman and Co, of Wakefield. For supplying the small day-time load, a small high-speed Bellis-Fowler plant was provided.

British Insulated Wire Co, of Prescot, supplied the underground mains

Brush Electrical Engineering Co supplied the arc lamps

The main switch board was designed on the Lowrie-Hall system of plug switches

The generating works was connected to the Westgate area in the town where three transformers reduced the voltage from 2000 to 200 volts for distribution to the surrounding streets.

1898 Formally opened[1]

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