Past Generating Stations in the South West Peninsula

It’s surprising how many generating stations we have had over the years, showing how fragmented and localised the early industry was. Updated 5th February 2018.
Haven Banks, Exeter - now a climbing centre (November 2017)

Haven Banks, Exeter – now a climbing centre (November 2017)

 

AVON

  1. ALMONDSBURY
    Site: The Bowl
    Commenced supply: 1920’s
  2. BATH
    Site: Dorchester Street ……. 2200kW AC (1922)
    Commenced supply: 1890 ………. ……….. 1200kW DC (1922)
  3. BRISTOL (TEMPLE BACK)
    Site: Temple Back (Bristol Corporation)
    Commenced supply: 1902 .. DC & AC systems
  4. BRISTOL (FEEDER ROAD)
    Site: Avonbank Brickworks(Bristol Corporation)
    Commenced Supply: 1902 1st phase Willans engines X2, 2nd Phase Parsons Turbines 1903
  5. KEYNSHAM
    Site: 1) Bath Hill .. Gas Engine
    Site: 2) Chewton Keynsham .. Waterwheel
    Commenced supply: 1889 at Bath Hill
  6. KINGSWOOD
    Site: Unknown .. Street Lighting only
    Commenced supply: 1892
  7. SEABANK
    Site: Hallen …CCGT – Siemens 3 Gas Turbines & 2 Steam Turbines
    Commenced supply Phase 1 Mar 2000 (755MW) Phase 2 Jan 2001 (385MW) creating integrated output of 1140MW

DORSET

  1. BRIDPORT
    Site: Fullbrook Lane ….. 400/230v 286kW (1930) (Building as substation 1999)
    Commenced supply: 1929 ….. Bridport Corporation
  2. LYME REGIS
    Site: 1) Coombe Street…… Initial hydro + 35 HP oil engine bought by Borough Council in 1923 Plant Cap. 75kW
    Commenced supply: 1909 (non-stat)
    Site: 2) Mill Lane First DC 50kW, later AC 150kW 2x75kW (1926) Oil Engines
    Commenced supply: 1923 – Building as 11kV S/S

SOMERSET

  1. BRIDGWATER
    Site: Mount Street 460,230v AC 1105kW (1930) suction gas engines (Westinghouse)X5
    Commenced supply: 1904 closed 1935 …. Building still there, unusual in that it never had boilers and steam.
  2. BURNHAM
    Site:Love Lane …… 220v DC 110kW 2 suction gas sets
    Commenced supply: 1914 closed 1926
  3. CHARD
    Site: Salter & Stokes Saw Mills, Chard Junction 168HP
    Commenced supply: 1928 ……. 3-suction gas engines
  4. CHEDDAR
    Site : Burnells Garage, Cliff Street 2 – 60hp gas engines, closed down by 1926.
    Commenced Supply : 1922 – taken over by North Somerset Electric Supply Co. Ltd in 1924
  5. DULVERTON
    Site: 1st fulling/paper mill on Dulverton Town Leat, 2nd Beasley on River Barle Grid 2920 0271
    Commenced supply: 1914 at Beasley …. Waterwheel 50kW Armfield turbines with 75v 30amp.Crompton Alternator
    Taken over by Exe Valley Co. 1930 Corrugated iron shed still standing (just).
  6. FROME
    Site : ? 4 x Parsons/Dynamo Sets Cap: 525kW
    Commenced supply : 1904
  7. HINKLEY POINT A
    Nuclear Power Station (2 Magnox Reactors) 6EE Alternator sets.
    Commenced supply:1965
    HINKLEY POINT B
    Nuclear Power Station (2 Adv.Gas.Cooled Reactors)1250MW 8 AEI/GEC Alternator sets
    Commenced supply:1973
  8. MINEHEAD
    Site: 1) Quay Street .. 3 wire DC (Existing Substation 1999)
    Commenced supply: 1902
    Site: 2) Marshfield Rd. Alcombe .. 1023kW (1930) .. (Existing Elec. Depot 1999)
  9. PORLOCK
    Site: 1) Hawkcombe Mill
    Site: 2) Old Manor Mill – Hydro, overshot wheel + gas engine
    Commenced supply: 1909 taken over and closed 1932 .. reported Parson Street building & wheel still there
  10. PORTISHEAD
    Site: 1) Old Mill Road (Clevedon & District Co later North Somerset Co)
    Commenced supply: 1905 ….. Building still there, originally known as “Gas Lane”
    Power Station A .. .. ..
    Site: 2) Portishead Dock – Portishead A (Bristol Corp)
    Commenced supply: 1929 -Decommissioned 1970 approx ..Demolished
    Power Station B .. .. ..
    Site: 3) Portishead Dock – Portishead B (CEA/CEGB)
    Commenced supply: 1960 -Decommissioned 1982 ……. Demolished
  11. STREET
    Site: C & J. Clark Factory … 440,220v DC
    Commenced supply: 1915 Taken over by Christy’s (Mid-Somerset Co) Purchased by North Somerset Co. in 1929
  12. TAUNTON
    Site: St. James Street DC initially Steam Eng. later AC 5625kW (1930)
    Commenced supply: 1886 from Corporation St. premises, moved to James St. 1889 {Demolished 1980)
  13. WEDMORE
    Site: Grants Lane
    Commenced supply: 1908 Building still there as S/S but burnt down 1999
  14. WELLINGTON
    Site: Tonedale Factory(Fox Bros.)
    Commenced supply: 1916 (factory only) 2 Crossley Suction Gas Engines
  15. WESTON-SUPER-MARE
    Site: Locking Road 480,550v DC Steam Eng.
    Commenced supply: 1901 owned by BET Co. Ltd. Part buildings still there as S/S
  16. WINSCOMBE
    Site: ?
    Commenced supply: ? ……… Acquired by North Somerset Co. in 1930
  17. YEOVIL
    Site: Dampier Street … 795kW (1930)
    Commenced supply: 1923

DEVON

  1. BAMPTON
    Site: ?
    Commenced supply: 1926 ……. Taken over by Exe Valley Co. 1930
  2. BARNSTAPLE
    Site: Castle Street ….. 460v DC 125kW C/O to AC in 1948
    Commenced supply: 1903 …….. Building still there as S/S
  3. BIDEFORD
    Site: East-of-the-Water 415/240v AC 400kW Gas & Oil
    Commenced supply: 1922 …….. (Building still there 1999)
  4. BERE ALSTON
    Site: Bere Ferrers …. 50kW
    Commenced supply: 1927
  5. BOVEY TRACEY
    Site : “Mill & Premises” – where?
    1920 – 60HP Crossley Engine & waterwheel 46kW
    Commenced Supply : probably in 1910 when Dartmoor E.S. Co established. 1920 -220v DC
  6. BRADNINCH
    Site: Kensham House …….. 37kW DC Waterwheel 12kW & 25kW on river Culm
    Commenced supply: 1923 …. Taken over by the Culm Valley Co.
  7. BRAUNTON
    Site: ? ……….. 25kW Oil Engine 125kW with 2x100hp semi-diesel oil engines (1930)
    Commenced supply: 1909 …… Taken over by Bideford & District Co. 1934 (driving 2×62.5 kW dynamos)
  8. BRIDFORD
    Site: Bridford Mill water turbine DC 100V
    Commenced Supply: 1921
  9. BRIXHAM
    Site: Fore Street….440v DC 200kW (1926) Gas & Oil Eng
    Commenced supply: 1911 …. Remained an individual Co until nationalization
  10. BUCKFASTLEIGH
    Site: 1) Old Mill by monks Waterwheel 180HP(1913)
    Commenced supply: 1906 .. .. ..
    Site: 2) Holne Road (1913) Taken over by Torquay 1931
  11. BUDLEIGH SALTERTON
    Site: Clinton Terrace….220/250v 241kW(1930)
    Commenced supply: 1925
  12. CHAGFORD
    Site: In village 2000vGen 100v AC Waterwheel (now turbine)
    Commenced supply: 1891 Started by Mr. Reed taken over by West Devon Co., transferred to BEA/CEGB in 1948, recently closed. Building still there.
  13. CHUDLEIGH
    Site: Parkway ……… 230v DC 38kW Water & Oil 73kW(1930)
    Commenced supply: 1923 ….. Remained an individual Co. until nationalization
  14. CHULMLEIGH
    Site: ? Remained a non-stat company until one year after nationisation
  15. COLYTON
    Site: Colcombe Mills (previously on River Coly 1921 – 5kW)
    Commenced Supply : 1923 … Remained a non-stat company until two years after nationisation!!
  16. CULLOMPTON
    Site: ? …… 400/230v AC 105kW Oil
    Commenced supply: 1923 ….Taken over by Culm Valley Co. and closed in 1930
  17. DARTMOUTH
    Site: Sand Quay ….480,530v DC 330kW(1926) Steam (Building as substation 1999)
    Commenced supply: 1902 .. Owned by Urban Electric Supply Co. Ltd.
  18. DAWLISH
    Site: Brook Street … 220,240v DC 200kW (1926) Steam
    Commenced supply: 1911 .. .. Building still standing but in state of demolition, part S/S
  19. DEVONPORT
    Site: Newport Street ….. DC 1300kW(1903)
    Commenced supply: 1902 …. Recently Demolished 1994
  20. EAST YELLAND
    Site: 5.5 miles NNE of Bideford….180MW 6X30MW Parsons Sets
    Commenced Supply: 1953…..Buildings demolished Boilers by Thompson
  21. EXETER
    Site: 1) New North Road – building removed
    Commenced supply: 1889 …..
    Site: 2) Haven Road (1902) building still there
    THIS IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF THE PERIOD & MUST BE PRESERVED
  22. EXMOUTH
    Site: ?
    Commenced supply: 1905 Taken over by East Devon Co. in 1929 and closed
  23. HOLSWORTHY
    Site: ? …… 200v 45kW(1926) Gas & Oil
    Commenced supply: 1910 Owned by Christy Bros. absorbed into West Devon Co.
  24. HONITON
    Site: ?
    Commenced supply: ? ……. Taken over by East Devon Co. in 1931
  25. ILFRACOMBE
    Site: St. Brannock Park Road 240/480v DC 330kW (1926) Steam
    Commenced supply: 1903
  26. IVYBRIDGE
    Site: 1) Union Mills, Fore Street 200v DC 80HP Waterwheel
    Site: 2) Keaton Road ………. 60kW(1930) & Gas Engine
    Commenced supply: 1909 …. IMPORTANT:-Building & aqueduct still there
  27. LYNMOUTH
    Site: East Lyn Mouth … 100v AC 75kW
    Commenced supply: 1890 Lynton & Lynmouth Co. Buildings swept away by floods
  28. MARY TAVY
    Site: In village – Now owned by South West Water
    Commenced supply: 1932 Built by West Devon Co. (Christy’s) OPERATIONAL
  29. MORWELLHAM
    Site: The Quay – Now owned by South West Water
    Commenced supply: 1934 Built by West Devon Co. (Christy’s) OPERATIONAL
  30. NEWTON ABBOT
    Site: Wharf Road
    Originally built by Urban Electric Supply Co., taken over by Torquay Corporation in 1926. Large station built in 1927. Both now demolished.
    Commenced supply: 1923 2nd station decommissioned 1974
  31. OKEHAMPTON
    Site: East Okement River ….. Waterwheel later diesel
    Commenced supply: 1888 … Taken over by West Devon Co. in 1929
  32. OTTERY ST.MARY
    Site: ?
    Commenced supply: ? …….. Taken over by East Devon Co. in 1930
  33. PAIGNTON
    Site: Dartmouth Road …. 440,550v DC 650kW(1922)
    Commenced supply: 1909 … Station closed in 1930 supply from Torquay
  34. PLYMOUTH
    Site: Prince Rock – Plymouth A & B side by side
    Commenced supply:(A) 1899, (B) 1956, DeCommenced : (A) 1974, (B) 1981 Both stations demolished
  35. SALCOMBE
    Site: Gasworks Quay …. AC 60kW(1930) (Building as substation 1999)
    Commenced supply: 1930
  36. SEATON
    Site: Homer Lane …… 220,250v DC 80kW(1926)
    Commenced supply: 1924 as Seaton & District El. Light Co. Ltd., Offices Sidmouth Street
    (Building exists occupied by Crossroads Christian Centre)
  37. SILVERTON
    Site: ?……. AC 20kW Oil
    Commenced supply: 1928 ……. Taken over by Culm Valley Co. in 1930
  38. SIDMOUTH
    Site: The Ham
    Commenced supply: 1923 … Taken over by East Devon Co. in 1929 & closed
  39. SOUTH MOLTON
    Site: “At foot of
    hill leading to town”.. Water & diesel
    Commenced supply: 1927 … Taken over by Exe Valley Co. in 1930
  40. TAVISTOCK
    Site: ? ……. 250/500v DC
    Commenced supply: ?… W.G. Heath & Co Taken over by Christy Bros. 1931
  41. TEIGNMOUTH Site: ? ……. 240v DC 190kW (1926) Oil
    Commenced supply: 1922
  42. TIVERTON
    Site: Blundells Road…… 308kW(1930) – (Buildings remain as Builder’s Yard 1999)
    Commenced supply: 1924 … Remained an individual co. until nationalization
  43. TORQUAY
    Site: 1) Beacon Quay, Torquay
    Commenced supply: 1898
    Site: 2) Wharf Road, Newton Abbot
    Both stations removed
  44. TOTNES
    Site: Antrim Terrace …… 450v DC 174kW(1930) (Building as a substation 1999)
    Commenced supply: 1904 …..Taken over by Torquay in 1934 & closed..

CORNWALL

  1. BODMIN
    Site: Bree Shute rear of Royal Hotel DC 200 volts
    Commenced Supply : 1920
  2. BUDE
    Site: The Strand …. 420v DC 180kW in 1928 Gas & Oil (Building removed)
    Commenced supply: 1908 .. taken over by West Devon E.S. Co. in 1935
  3. CALLINGTON
    Site : Newport ref. SX356697 Oil engines driving dynamos, cap.100kW.
    Commenced supply : 26th March 1925 DC 230volt – Shutdown in 1932, when changed to AC on take-over by Urban ESC .. (Now a 33/11kV S/S)
  4. CARN BREA
    Site: Pool, Nr. Camborne AC 900kW in 1922 Steam
    Commenced supply: 1902 by Urban Electric Supply Co. Ltd. taken over by Cornwall E.P. Co. (Edmundsons) in 1906. Ceased Generation in 1911, when rotary convertors installed for DC to the Trams.
    Part buildings still there, part of Cornwall College – Recently demolished.
  5. FALMOUTH
    Site: Beacon Hill ..480/530vDC 290kW in 1922 Steam & Oil
    Commenced supply: 1906 by Electric Supply Corp. 503kW(1926) .. (Now Demolished)
  6. FOWEY
    Site: 1) ? ..
    Site: 2) Pontsmill, St. Blazey 220v DC 154kW(1920) Steam
    Commenced supply: 1909 … First site closed in 1927
    New Station in 1920 by St. Austell & District E.L. & P.Co.Ltd.
  7. HAYLE
    Site: North River Bank 10kV & 3kV AC 8.8MW(1922),94MW(1964)
    Commenced supply: 1911 by Cornwall E.P. Co. .. Decommissioned : 1976 Demolished except Control Room
  8. LAUNCESTON
    Site: Next to railway in a disused quarry, 1952 sawmill, now Ind. Estate.
    210v DC 226kW in 1926 Gas & Oil
    Commenced supply: 1912 by Launceston E.S. Co .. .. Now demolished
  9. LISKEARD
    Site: Station Road 200v DC 118kW(1929) 3-Diesel Oil Eng.
    Commenced supply: 1925 Liskeard Gas & Elect. Co.(Non-stat). Taken over by CEPC in 1936 Supply c/o to 415/240v in 1932. Building remains as S/S
  10. LOOE
    Site: The Mill on West side of river SX253536
    Commenced supply: ?
  11. MEVAGISSEY
    Site: West Quay 200v DC, 1933 15 & 25kW dynamos oil eng
    Commenced supply: 1896 taken over in 1934 by St. Austell C/O to AC 50cycles
  12. NEWQUAY
    Site: Mount Wise .. .. .. 230/460v DC 435kW in 1926 Oil
    Commenced supply: 1906 By Newquay E.S. Co. Taken over by Urban El. S. Co. ’28
  13. PADSTOW
    Site : On North Quay ref. SW921755
    Commence
    d supply: ?
  14. PENRYN
    Site : Tresooth Mill, West End Ref : SW781348 Waterwheel then suction gas engine
    Commenced supply: ? Acquired by CEPC 1930
  15. POLPERRO
  16. POLRUAN Site: ? Remained a non-stat company until two years after nationisation!
    Commenced supply: ?
  17. ROCK
    Commenced supply: ?
  18. ST.AUSTELL
    Site: 1) North Street (Buildings demolished)
    Commenced supply: 1886 (Mr. Veale) 220/110v DC 230/400v AC 787kW(1930)
  19. ST. BLAZEY
    Site: Ponts Mill (Now demolished) built by St. Austell Co.to supply China Clay Wkgs
    Commenced Supply: 1927

    • Original plant 3 x Mirrlees diesels with 3 alternators.(2-200 & 1-132kW)
    • Added 1931 Crossley diesel with 300kW Crompton alternator
    • Added 1934 Newton diesel with 225kW Newton alternator
  20. SALTASH
    Site: ?
    Commence
    d supply: ?
  21. ST. MARYS (ISLES OF SCILLY)
    Originally St. Mary’s (Scilly) Electricity Supply Co. Ltd. Taken over by SWEB in 1957, then 5 machines Cap : 555kW, still generating, mainly as standby since connection to the mainland
    Commenced Supply : 1932
  22. TORPOINT
    Site: ?
    Commenced supply: ?
    (Torpoint & Saltash undertakings were run by East Cornwall Electricity Supply Company and then supplied by submarine cables from Plymouth Corporation)
  23. WADEBRIDGE
    Site: ref SW 992726 (used as SWEB Store?)

Notes and suggestions for further reading

Also see:

Generation photos 1892 to 1919

Generation photos 1920 to 1939

Generation photos 1940 onwards (and unknown dates)