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Chester Electric Lighting Station
From steam and hydro: the illuminating story of Chester streetlighting and Britain's first rural electricity supply
Gordon Emery
With its demolition permission given, Gordon Emery and the Canal Basin Community Forum fought to save the building while Gordon researched its early history. Here is its story told from the original minutes of the Watch Committee and other sources.

Price of book: £7.50

80 Pages

Published by Gordon Emery in 2002

ISBN: 9781872265483

Although lagging nearly twenty years behind some other English cities with electric power, Chester led the way in supplying rural electricity in the 1920s, under its enthusiastic electrical engineer, Sydney Britton. His innovative introduction of hydro-electricity and rural supply took him to the front page of the Washington Daily News. Read how the famous Lord Kelvin and the Dean of Chester became involved before the generators started; why Chester's Victorian Landmark was built in the Water Tower Gardens and how Browns of Chester displayed their 'model' electric home. LIMITED EDITION OF 500


Photos are from the Electric Contractor's building in Newgate Street not from Foregate street. the showrooms were in Northgate Street. Insulator photo is by T Walsh not Hughes