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Many thanks to Charles Morris for this old photo of Hoylake showing the old Hoylake Electric works. Charles comments:
The picture of Alderley Road, facing South East, shows a tall chimney which is that of the Electricity Works across the railway line, at a time when Hoylake generated its own electricity before the National Grid was created; I presume this dates it before the war or soon after. Hoylake was ahead of its time in the choice of 230 volt alternating current (50 cycles per second) as this was what the National Grid eventually became, albeit raised to 240 volts. Other areas, especially industrial towns, had direct current (DC), with voltages differing from town to town, and some towns contained various different supplies. Parts of Birkenhead were on DC well into the 1950s.
Not a car in sight …obviously pre-Sainsbury’s !
If anyone has other photos of the Electric or Gas works, please do send them in.