Hackney Power Station

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Hackney Power Station
Hackney Power Station remains.jpg
LocationHackney, London
Coordinates51°33′31″N 0°02′24″W / 51.55870°N 0.04010°W / 51.55870; -0.04010Coordinates: 51°33′31″N 0°02′24″W / 51.55870°N 0.04010°W / 51.55870; -0.04010
Commission date1901
Decommission date1976
Operator(s)Central Electricity Generating Board
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Power generation
Nameplate capacity92 MW
External links
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grid reference TQ359862

Hackney Power Station (also known as Millfields Power Station) was a coal-fired power station situated at Lea Bridge on the River Lee Navigation in London.


A turbine in the A station, 1932

The 'A' station, opened in 1901, was built by the Borough of Hackney. The power station passed to London Electricity Board in 1947.[1] It originally burned local refuse as well as coal.

Following nationalisation a 'B' station was built, coming to use between 1954 and 1957.[2] The B station was closed on 25 October 1976 with a generating capacity of 92 MW.[3] It has been partially demolished, a sub-station remaining in part of the original buildings.

Coal was originally shipped up the Navigation from the Thames. However, in later years, as lighterage declined, up to thirty lorries per day transported coal to the station;[4] the station was isolated from the railway system by the Lea and Hackney Marshes.


  1. ^ "Hackney: Public services". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney (1995), pp. 108-115. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  2. ^ M.A.C.Horne. "London Area Power Supply A Survey of London's Electric Lighting and Power Stations" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  3. ^ Mr. Redmond (16 January 1984). "Coal-fired Power Stations". Hansard. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Thames Lighterage Industry". Hansard 18 December 1967 vol 756 cc936-71.