Power to the people


Kindly scanned and supplied by Tony Martin.

I’ve had a couple of great responses to my request for material on Walsall’s lost power station that existed at Reedswood, until it’s demolition in the late 1980s. One fascinating contribution has been from long time reader and friend of the blog Tony Martin, who’s scanned the relevant bits of a fascinating information booklet on the station which appears to date from around 1963.

Tony Said:

Hi Bob

Following on your recent articles, it was a bit of a coincidence that I found a booklet given out on an open day sometime in the 1960s.

I have scanned the outside and inside of the cover, the rest being a generic, and simple, explanation of electricity generation.

Hope this is of interest!

Tony Martin

Tony, it’s a wonderful thing indeed, and I thank you for sharing it. The cover image alone is stunning – it’s like a temple to electricity.

As an aside, years ago, public facilities like sewage works (Bescot and Goscote I believe), power stations and even Bescot Marshalling Yard used to have public open days. Nobody seems to do that anymore, which I find sad.

Does anyone have any memories of these kind of events?

BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, or comment here. Again, thanks to Tony for a fine piece of ephemera – but thanks for all reader contributions. They’re what makes this blog such fun to curate.


Kindly scanned and supplied by Tony Martin.


Kindly scanned and supplied by Tony Martin.


Kindly scanned and supplied by Tony Martin.

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12 Responses to Power to the people

  1. Mark Wood says:

    Fantastic read! This is just how I remember the entrance to the place. Thanks for posting this up.

  2. Laurie Thacker says:

    A Cathedral to power. 10,000,000 gallons of cooling water per hour, WOW. Given the stations that have now closed in the Midlands I’m surprised the lights are still on.

  3. stevieboy378 says:

    Reblogged this on Life At 50mm.

  4. Pedro says:

    Electric Avenue!

  5. WarsawPact says:

    Target No.394 certainly seems to have had admirers from overseas…


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