Category Archives: History

The price of house coal

The starting point for this post was some old family accounts which extended, with gaps from the 1920s to the 1940s.  This was augmented by some figures found in the online version of Hansard.  Some local history material provided a human … Continue reading

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The early days of electricity in Hove (3)

As with previous posts in this series, this one is work in progress and subject to corrections and revisions. As I mess with this, I realise I am working backwards.  The story starts with an Act of Parliament of 1890 whose objective … Continue reading

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Energy Alternatives

The electricity industry took shape in the 1880s.  Initially, it was a “luxury” product consumed by high income households.  Large establishments might have had their own generating plant, but rapid growth in the demand for electricity started when companies were formed … Continue reading

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Energy, Shovels and Advertising

I would like to say that I have a research plan for theses posts on the history of domestic energy, but it is just random reading and looking for holes in the pavement.  One source material is advertising.  Until the end of the … Continue reading

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The early days of electricity in Hove (2)

This post is really my notes from researching the early days of electricity in Hove, it is probable that there will be corrections and revisions.  As with the previous post, the source is the log books of the power station of … Continue reading

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The early days of electricity in Hove (1)

I learnt about the Hove Electric Lighting Co. Ltd. from a description of what seemed to be a small power station whilst reading Queenspark Book No. 36: “A Working Man”.  After looking up the buildings in Cromwell Road in Hove in a Kelly’s directory, … Continue reading

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Summoning the servants

Having nothing better to do, I walked to the local stately home which is now owned by the council and open to the public.  It started life as a manor house at the heart of a working farm, but by the … Continue reading

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