Kingston Power Station, London

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Kingston Power Station, London
Turk's boatyard and Kingston Power Station, River Thames - - 615873.jpg
Kingston Power Station from the south-west in 1982
LocationGreater London
Coordinates51°24′55″N 0°18′22″W / 51.415400°N 0.306100°W / 51.415400; -0.306100Coordinates: 51°24′55″N 0°18′22″W / 51.415400°N 0.306100°W / 51.415400; -0.306100
Commission date1893
Decommission date1980
Operator(s)Central Electricity Generating Board
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Power generation
Nameplate capacity117 MW
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons

grid reference TQ17936989

Kingston Power Station was a coal-fired generating station on the Thames in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey (later Greater London). It ceased generating in 1980 and has been demolished.


The first station was built in 1893, with an original capacity of 225 kW. It eventually closed in 1959. A new 'B' station was planned before World War II, opening in 1948. The Thames was used both for coal supply and ash removal, and as a source of cooling water.[1] The new station was the first to be opened following nationalisation of the power industry, with the official opening by King George VI, the first station to receive such an honour since Barking in 1924.[2]

Generation ceased on 27 October 1980 with a generating capacity of 117 megawatts.[3] The station was eventually demolished, despite calls for preservation as a power museum. The two 250-foot chimneys were demolished in 1994.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bob Carr. "Richmond and Kingston". Newsletter December 1994. Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  2. ^ Bob Carr. "Richmond and Kingston". Newsletter April 1995. Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  3. ^ Mr. Redmond (16 January 1984). "Coal-fired Power Stations". Hansard. Retrieved 1 September 2009.