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Papers on the L.C.C. generating station, 1905 - 1909

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/65

Scope and Contents

Papers regarding the London County Council generating station at Greenwich:

(1) Correspondence, 1906

General correspondence with officers of London County Council concerning the generating station, 1906, including a report of the highways committee, a report on the generating station and its relation to the Royal Observatory, and reports of L.C.C. meetings from shorthand notes by Leslie Bannerman.

Correspondence with Lord Crawford and Lord Ellenborough concerning a debate in the House of Lords on the generating station, 1906.

Correspondence with Professor Foerster concerning the generating station and its interference with the Royal Observatory instruments, 1906, including printed papers on the 'Wegener Fire-box'.

Correspondence with the Headmaster of the Greenwich Hospital School concerning the disturbance to instruments caused by the generating station, 1906.

Correspondence concerning suggestions for eliminating smoke and vibration from the generating station, 1906. The correspondents are F.J. Down; the Evaporator and Smoke Condenser Co.; A.B. Lennox; Mitchells, Ashworth and Co.; W. Pilkington; and R.H. Smith.

Correspondence with the Royal Astronomical Society on possible action to be taken to prevent the L.C.C. generating station interfering with Royal Observatory instruments, 1906.

(2) Memoranda, 1906-1909

Notes and memoranda relating to observations made with the transit circle and small transits 'during the experiments at the Greenwich electric generating station. 1906 December 3'.

Notes and memoranda on nadir observations made at the Royal Hospital School during the experiments at the generating station.

'Observations of smoke from London County Council generating station chimneys 1907-1909.'

'Notes on the smoke seen coming from the chimneys of the electric power station, and its effects', March-August 1907 and January-May 1909.

5. 'Low stars observed with Altazimuth.'

(3) Newscuttings, 1905-1907

Extracts and articles from newspapers concerning the generating station and the interference suffered by instruments and observations at the Royal Observatory as a result of smoke and vibration:

'Kentish Mercury', 20 October 1905: 'Parisian councillors at Deptford and Greenwich'.

'The Times', 30 October 1905: 'Electric Power for London - County Council proposals'.

'The Times', 1 November 1905: 'Electric Power Proposal'.

'The Times', 11 December 1905: 'London County Council Tramways'.

'Daily News', 30 April 1906: 'London Latest danger - generating station at Greenwich'.

'Electrical industries and investments', 2 May 1906: an article on a memorandum issued by the Director of Works.

20 May 1906: 'A great power house'.

'The Standard', 31 May 1906: 'Desecrated Meridian'.

'The Tribune', 31 May 1906: 'Greenwich Danger'.

'Daily Chronicle', 31 May 1906: 'Observatory Risk'.

'Morning Post', 31 May 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory - its efficiency threatened'.

'Daily Express', 7 June 1906: 'Observatory perils - International interest in troubles at Greenwich'.

'Daily Telegraph', 31 May 1906: 'LCC Generator - The Observatory Threatened'.

'Morning Leader', 31 May 1906: 'Observatory's work - Greenwich menaced by Power Stations'.

'Daily Graphic', 31 May 1906: 'Tremors at Greenwich'.

'Westminster Gazette', 31 May 1906: 'Interfering with the Meridian - Astronomer Royal and the LCC'.

'The Times', 1 June 1906: 'Royal Observatory, Greenwich'.

'Daily News, 1 June 1906: 'Greenwich in danger - LCC Engines which defy the stars'.

'Kentish Mercury', 1 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory - Annual Visitation. A serious danger'.

'Lee Journal', 1 June 1906: 'Thinking in millions'.

'The Engineer', 1 June 1906: 'Electricity and Astronomy'.

'Electrician', 1 June 1906: an article on the Annual Visitation of the Royal Observatory.

'The Times', 2 June 1906: 'The danger to Greenwich Observatory'.

'The Times', 4 June 1906: 'The Astronomer Royal'.

'Daily Mail, 5 June 1906: 'Greenwich in Danger'.

'Morning Advertiser', 5 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory'.

'London Argus', 6 June 1906: an article on the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors.

'Electrical Industries and Investments', 6 June 1906: an article on the generating station.

'Daily Mail', 6 June 1906: 'Greenwich in danger'.

'The Standard', 7 June 1906: 'Astronomer's fears'.

'The Times', 7 June 1906: 'The Danger to Greenwich Observatory'.

'Westminster Gazette', 8 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory troubles'.

'The Globe', 8 June 1906: 'Letters to the Editor - The LCC and Greenwich Observatory'.

'Electricity', 8 June 1906: 'Scientific Troubles'.

'Daily News', 8 June 1906: 'Shaky Meridian'.

'Daily Chronicle', 8 June 1906

'The Tribune', 8 June 1906.

'Architect and Contract Reporter' (supplement), 8 June 1906.

'Electrician', 8 June 1906.

'Electrical Review', 8 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory and the LCC Power Station'.

'Daily Chronicle', 11 June 1906: 'Observatory in peril'.

'The Standard', 11 June 1906: 'Observatory's Peril'.

'Electrical Industries and Investments', 20 June 1906: 'The Greenwich Electric Power Station'.

'Kentish Mercury', 22 June 1906.

'Daily Mail', 22 June 1906: 'Greenwich Danger - Action by the Government'.

'Daily Mail', 22 June 1906: 'The Outlook'.

'Daily Telegraph', 22 June 1906: 'Greenwich Electric Station - a gigantic mistake'.

'The Times', 22 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory'.

'The Globe', 23 June 1906: 'LCC and Greenwich Observatory'.

'Illustrated Mail', 23 June 1906: 'Greenwich Observatory VS LCC'.

'The Graphic', 23 June 1906: 'The Menace to the Meridian'.

'Electrical industries and investments', 27 June 1906.

'Daily News', 28 June 1906.

'Kentish Mercury', 29 June 1906: 'The Danger to Greenwich Observatory'.

'London Argus', 18 August 1906: 'Greenwich Mean Time'.

'The Times', 11 February 1907: 'The LCC and the Royal Observatory'.

'The Times', 20 February 1907: 'The LCC and The Royal Observatory'.

'Engineering', 2 March 1906: 'The London County Council Tramway Power Station at Greenwich'.

'Engineering', 16 March 1906: 'The London County Council Tramway Power Station at Greenwich'.

'Engineering', 30 March 1906: 'The London County Council Tramway Power Station at Greenwich'.


  • 1905 - 1909

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Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:41:28+00:00

Includes index.


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