Hackney Power Station

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Hackney Power Station
Hackney Power Station is located in Greater London
Hackney Power Station
Location of Hackney Power Station in Greater London
Country England
Location Hackney, London
Coordinates 51°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 date 1901
Decommission date 1976
Operator(s) Central Electricity Generating Board
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal-fired
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 92 MW
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). 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.