Sub-fonds EE 7 - South Denes Power Station, Great Yarmouth

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EE 7


South Denes Power Station, Great Yarmouth


  • 1921-1990 (Creation)

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Eastern Electricity began life as the Eastern Electricity Board (EEB), one of twelve area electricity boards (AEB) formed in 1948 as part of the nationalization of the electricity industry by the Electricity Act 1947. The AEBs were responsible for the distribution and supply of electricity to consumers in their areas, with the generation and transmission of electricity being managed by the British Electricity Authority (subsequently the Central Electricity Authority 1954-57, then the Central Electricity Generating Board, 1957-2001).
With the return of privatization in the 1990s, the assets of the EEB passed to Eastern Electricity plc, one of the Regional Electricity Companies formed by the Electricity Act 1989. After its privatization and flotation later that year, the company was subsequently known as Eastern Group, passing through a number of owners.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 13 August 2009 (ACC 2009/153). Listed on 22 May 2012 (AB).

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Box 1
Pink folder-'Gt Yar P.S. Ext & New Station 1932-1947', containing:
Tender & Specification from The General Electric Co. Ltd. (GEC), 1947.
Suggested booklet copy for Great Yarmouth New Generating Station - mentions Yarmouth Electricity Undertaking.
Bore hole results as box 3, charts relating to machinery operations- 1947.
Contracts for plant, 1921, 1932.
Structure chart for the City Electricity Department (probably Norwich) re-organization showing a) sections of department, b) function of sections and c) allocations of staff, does not give employee names, 1942.
Suggested coal handling scheme, 1947.
Test results, 1948.
System specifications c 1948.
Copy correspondence between Great Yarmouth Corporation, the Ministry of Town and Country Planning, The National Coal Board, Great Yarmouth Port & Haven Commissioners, contractors and suppliers, 1947.
Minutes, Great Yarmouth Corporation Engineers and Contractors, 1947.
Plans 1949.

Photograph album- 'Civic Visit 1977'.

Spiral bound proposals for new power station, includes environmental statement (5 copies), technical specifications 1989.

Anglia Power and Gas Project Summary by Ranger Oil (U.K.) Limited, 1990 (multiple copies).

Box 2

Folder belonging to Mervyn D. Twaits, Site Engineer, South Denes Power Station, containing site plans, circuit diagrams and gant charts, 1990.

Photographs- Plant views at official opening, most taken by Maurice Bloomfield of London, some by Central Electricity Generating Board North Thames Division 1961-3, some by Central Electricity Generating Board, South Eastern Region Publicity Department.

Demin extension, 1963.

Assorted construction photographs, many with captions, 1956.

Manila folder 'GY Power Station Ext & New Station 1932-47' includes 1951 plan, contracts 1931-34, drafts for promotional booklet, minutes of meetings between industry representatives and contractors with the Borough Efficiency Committee, 1947
Letters re delays in the project, potential staffing, issues with dumping of ash, objections by the herring industry etc. 1947, ra report on the site of the proposed new power station by the County Borough of Great Yarmouth, 1947, and station development particulars.

Reports (weekly) South Denes, 1957-59 inclusive from the Central Electricity Generating Board Eastern Division.

Box 3
Visitors book for the official opening, 26 September 1958.
Log Book 42 South Denes Generating Station, partially complete, Apr 1987-90.

Box 4
Envelopes numbered in blue paint M1-M27 (M21 empty), containing blueprints and plans of machinery from a number of different contractors from around England and one from Johannesburg, S.A., issued 1938-47.

Colour photographs of dignitaries visiting the power station, 1971-76. Some are marked as copyright of the Central Electricity Generating Board, South Eastern Region Publicity Department.

Box 5
M28 -M64 (M28 empty), site levels, bore hole results, maps and plans of the proposed site. Some from Borough of Gt Yarmouth Electricity Dept, 1945-1947 (some issued 1936)

Box 6
Mounted photographs of the official opening, 1958.

Envelopes M65-104 (M72 empty), plans and blueprints of plant and site, 1942-49 (includes a reproduction of a Board of Trade map Fish Wharf 1889).

Box 7
Photograph album , Volume 1 1954-56, No.1-180. Showing construction of the South Denes Power Station

Box 8
Photograph album, as above.
Volume 2 1956, No.181-360.

Box 9
Photograph album, as above.
Volume 3, 1956-58, No.361-340

Box 10
Photograph album, as above.
Volume 4 1958-60, No.541-725.

Box 11
Glass plate negatives and slides, assorted subjects including machinery, VIP visitors and employees. 1950s-60s.

Box 12
Photographs of various civic visits 1958-81.
1978 21st Anniversary Regional Good Housekeeping & Civic visit.
Photo and seating plan for the Chief Officers Luncheon for winning regional first aid teams, Apr 1970.
Programme for Good Housekeeping award ceremony, 1970.

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The records have not yet been catalogued in detail, but are accessible for research and can be requested by their overall reference, EE 7, box number and description.

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Created 22/05/2012 by Droab. Modified 09/11/2018 by Droip.


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