From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present
Power Stations
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Hams Hall Control

High Marnham PS

Thorpe Marsh PS

Willington PS
A Power Station generates electric power on an industrial scale using various fuels. At the heart of these power stations is a generator which creates the electricity by rotating a conductor in a magnetic field.

The world's first power station was designed and built by Sigmund Schuckert in the Bavarian town of Ettal and went into operation in 1878. The station used 24 dynamo electric generators, driven by a steam engine to light a grotto in the gardens of Linderhof Palace.

The first public power station was the Edison Electric Light Station, built in London at 57, Holborn Viaduct, which started operation in January 1882. A Babcock and Wilcox boiler powered a 125 horsepower steam engine that drove a 27 ton generator called Jumbo, after the celebrated elephant. This supplied electricity to premises in the area that could be reached through the culverts of the viaduct without digging up the road, which was the monopoly of the gas companies. The customers included the City Temple and the Old Bailey.