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Coal crane and unloading pier at Deptford Power Station.

Coal crane and unloading pier at Deptford Power Station.
Coal crane and unloading pier at Deptford Power Station.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2573
Description: By the end of the 19th century London needed a cheap and reliable electricity supply. Electricity was produced from coal and used to power industry and transport, as well as lighting streets, factories and homes. Many of the first power stations were built in the eastern part of London where land was freely available and where steam colliers carrying cheap coal from the north of England could easily come up the Thames.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1921
Credit line: Greenwich Local History Library collection.
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