Monday, 20 February 2017

A new history of Chorlton in just 20 objects number 2, the electric supply box circa 1920

When Joe Scott built his own house on Beech Road he included electricity from the outset and this is the main supply box complete with the initials of the Manchester Corporation Electricity Works. From memory it remained in use until the 1980s.  Those in Chorlton whose houses predated electricity could take part in "the Assisted-Wiring and Prepayment-Wiring schemes, whereby consumers may have their houses wired at a small or without any initial payment.”  Added to this there were “hiring schemes for motors, cookers, wash-boilers, and water-heaters. Hire-purchase schemes for nearly all appliances (except lighting fittings) costing £2 and over.”*

Picture; from the collection of Andrew Simpson

*Manchester Corporation 1935

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