Kirkstall Power Station

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Kirkstall Power Station
Kirkstall Power Station
Traffic accident, Kirkstall power station canal basin (geograph 3316341).jpg
LocationKirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber
Coordinates53°48′15″N 1°35′33″W / 53.80421°N 1.59245°W / 53.80421; -1.59245Coordinates: 53°48′15″N 1°35′33″W / 53.80421°N 1.59245°W / 53.80421; -1.59245
Commission date1931
Decommission date1976
Operator(s)Central Electricity Generating Board
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Power generation
Nameplate capacity200 MW

Kirkstall power station was a coal-fired unit opened in 1931, serving the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

It was situated in Kirkstall by the River Aire north west of Leeds and had its own wharf for delivery of coal via the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The station was equipped with two British Thomson-Houston 25 MW turbo-alternators.[1] An additional 30 MW turbo-alternator was ordered from BTH in 1935.[2] By 1948, further extensions to the site had increased its combined generating capacity to around 200 MW.[3] The station was later converted to oil firing during 1964, which rendered the coal sidings and associated shunters redundant.[4]

Kirkstall Power Station was closed in 1976 and was subsequently demolished. None of the structure remains. The majority of the power station site is covered by a secure caravan storage depot, golf course and artificial football pitches with the rest of the site now forming part of the Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve. The wharf used to unload coal is now a marina for canal and pleasureboats.

The major substations adjacent to the former power station still remain, supplying electrical power to much of Burley, Kirkstall, Armley and Bramley.


  1. ^ "Kirkstall Power Station". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. British Newspaper Archive. 12 February 1931. p. 6. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Kirkstall Power Station £125,000 extension plans". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. British Newspaper Archive. 29 October 1935. p. 4. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Committee will try to cut power load "but house-wives need not fear"". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. British Newspaper Archive. 6 March 1948. p. 3. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Chapman, Stephen (1995). Airedale & Wharfedale. Todmorden: Bellcode Books. p. 17. ISBN 9781871233063.

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