Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,165 pages of information and 245,632 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Post Office Central Power Station

From Graces Guide

1910 The General Post Office built a new power station near Blackfriars Bridge to supply three-phase current at 6600 volts and 50 Hz to sub-stations with 2.5MW generating capacity and room for extension. It would supply the power requirements of the King Edward's Building and to replace generating plant at St Martin's-le-Grand; much of these power requirements were in connection with the pneumatic tube system which radiated from St Martin's. [1]

The Post Office's Central London Station was in Upper Ground Street, near Old Barge House Street, Southwark. It was closed around 1926. It was noted in the advert for sale that, although the property occupied higher ground, there was not an embankment on the south side of the Thames at this point[2].

1927 The site was acquired by the Liebig Extract of Meat Co[3] for use of its subsidiary Oxo Ltd, including conversion into a cold store.

1928-9 The building was largely rebuilt to an Art Deco design by company architect Albert Moore, including the Oxo Tower. Much of the original power station was demolished, but the river-facing facade was retained and extended. In order to advertise its famous OXO stock cube without violating the ban on skyline advertising, the company installed the now-famous Art Deco windows on the tower.[4]

1983 The Oxo Tower was designated part of a conservation area by Southwark Council in a bid to prevent its possible demolition by Greycoat Commercial Estates[5]. Subsequently became a restaurant.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Oct. 28, 1910
  2. The Times Jan. 11, 1927
  3. The Times Jan. 14, 1928
  4. [1] Oxo Tower restaurant
  5. Belfast Telegraph 01 April 1983
  • [2] Wikipedia
  • [3] Map of the area
  • [4] Power Station