Philadelphia Power Station

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Philadelphia Power Station
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Philadelphia power station in September 2009
Philadelphia Power Station is located in Tyne and Wear
Philadelphia Power Station
Location of Philadelphia Power Station in Tyne and Wear
Official name Philadelphia power station
Country England
Location Tyne and Wear, North East England
Coordinates 54°51′42″N 1°28′52″W / 54.861676°N 1.481196°W / 54.861676; -1.481196Coordinates: 54°51′42″N 1°28′52″W / 54.861676°N 1.481196°W / 54.861676; -1.481196
Commission date 1905
Operator(s) Durham Collieries Power Company
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal-fired
grid reference NZ334520

Philadelphia Power Station is a defunct coal-fired power station situated between the villages of Philadelphia and Newbottle, 1.5 mi (2.4 km) north of Houghton-le-Spring in Tyne and Wear, North East England.


The station was built by the Sunderland District Electric Tramways Ltd and the Durham Collieries Power Company.[1][2] It was built to provide electricity for the local district tramway and collieries, and it was planned for the station to open in May 1905, but its opening was delayed slightly, also delaying the electrification of the tramway, and it didn't begin providing electricity for the tramway until 10 June 1905.[1][3] The station was provided with coal from the nearby Dorothea Pit.[4] By 1911, the station was part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Electric Supply Company's system.[2]

After closing, the station was used as a central garage by the National Coal Board.[1] The station's generating hall still stands today, along with two smaller associated buildings, and they are Grade II listed.[1][5] The generating hall is a single-gabled yellow brick built building with red brick dressings and felt roofing, and is currently one of a number of workshops on the Philadeliphia Complex.[1][2] Persimmon Homes have applied to refurbish the building and bring it into mixed commercial use, as part of a refurbishment of the Philadelphia Complex.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Russel Foster (May 2008). "Cultural Heritage" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved 2008-12-28.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Generating Station, Philadelphia, Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear". English Heritage. January 1993. Retrieved 2008-12-28.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ John Grant; Nathan Darroch (2007). "The Tramways of Sunderland". Retrieved 2008-12-28.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Pears, Brian (28 February 2003). "Place". Rootsweb. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "What's Proposed" (PDF). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-12-28.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "ITEMS FOR INFORMATION" (PDF). 3 June 2008. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-12-28.  External link in |work= (help)