Portsmouth's giant power station, picture special | Nostalgia

On Sunday, March 20, 1977, the Central Electricity Generating Board disconnected Portsmouth's contribution to the National Grid, ending 83 years of electricity generation.

Monday, 10th August 2020, 4:51 pm
One chimney. No! Not being demolished. A new extension to Portsmouth power station, Old Portsmouth, under construction in 1949. Picture: Simmons Aerofilms/Mike Nolan Collection
One chimney. No! Not being demolished. A new extension to Portsmouth power station, Old Portsmouth, under construction in 1949. Picture: Simmons Aerofilms/Mike Nolan Collection

It was at a meeting of the town council in November 1889 that the first steps towards generating electricity were taken with the appointment of a lighting committee.

So Portsmouth became the first municipal corporation to establish its own turbo-alternator generating system.

To see more pictures of the building which dominated the city’s skyline long before The Spinnaker Tower, click here.

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The power station in Gunwharf Road, 1978. The News PP1271

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The collier Pompey Power arriving at her dock opposite the power station. Picture: Barry Cox collection
Portsmouth power station, March 1973. The News PP465
The 300ft chimneys of Portsmouth power station from Cambridge Road. Undated.