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The north chimney under construction at Deptford Power Station.

The north chimney under construction at Deptford Power Station.
North chimney under construction.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2569
Description: The world's first truly modern power station, Deptford was built in 1889 by Sebastian de Ferranti, engineer to the London Electric Supply Corporation. Electricity was generated here and then sent a hitherto unheard of distance at 10,000 volts AC to supply central London. In due course, Ferranti's works were superseded by Deptford East and West power stations, a section of which is shown above. Operations finally ceased at Deptford in 1983.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1926
Credit line: Greenwich Local History Library collection.
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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