Utility Companies

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Re: Utility Companies

Postby Leodian » Thu 28 May, 2015 9:56 pm

Thanks LS1 and Brunel for your input :).

I've just searched the West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS) website and found what will presumably be a relevant result. This is the link to that webpage:- http://www.catalogue.wyjs.org.uk/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=LC02523

I was hoping that I would be able to at least directly get some information through that but unfortunately I did not seem able to do so without going to the WYAS to look at the record.
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Re: Utility Companies

Postby mhoulden » Fri 29 May, 2015 2:04 am

There's an article about the Roundhay and District Electric Lighting Company at http://loveoakwood.co.uk/homepage/love- ... y-limited/. Another predecessor of the LCED was the Yorkshire House to House company, and there's still some old manhole covers on Otley Rd in Headingley.

More locally to me, there are still a few grates for the Horsforth Urban District Council water department around. I'm not sure where their reservoir was but I'm pretty certain the sewage works was the one behind the old public loos at the bottom of New Road Side.
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Re: Utility Companies

Postby Leodian » Fri 29 May, 2015 7:53 pm

mhoulden wroteColonThere's an article about the Roundhay and District Electric Lighting Company at http://loveoakwood.co.uk/homepage/love- ... y-limited/. Another predecessor of the LCED was the Yorkshire House to House company, and there's still some old manhole covers on Otley Rd in Headingley.

More locally to me, there are still a few grates for the Horsforth Urban District Council water department around. I'm not sure where their reservoir was but I'm pretty certain the sewage works was the one behind the old public loos at the bottom of New Road Side.


Thanks mhoulden for that link to information about the Roundhay and District Electric Lighting Company :).

The information is very interesting. I was intrigued to read that by 1891 Leeds Corporation had opened a tramway "from Sheepscar to Horse Shoe Corner" as I had never heard of Horse Shoe Corner. I have looked things up and found that Oakwood Lane was known as Horseshoe Lane. In an 1847 Ordnance Survey (OS) map there are 'Horse-shoe Cottages' at what is now Oakwood junction but though what would be Oakwood Lane was there it is not labelled and much of the junction is different to what it is now. In an 1891/92 OS map the junction is however very similar to what it is now in that Prince's Avenue and Park Avenue had been built at some stage and are labelled as such.
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Re: Utility Companies

Postby blackprince » Fri 29 May, 2015 8:00 pm

See this old thread about YHH. https://secretleeds.com/viewtopic.php?f ... 9&start=10
LCED is Leeds Corporation Electricity Dept (not City)
I think the same applies to LCWW.
YEB was founded in 1948.
My great grandfather moved to Leeds in 1894 from London to join YHH. My grandfather worked for LCED and YEB for all his working life except for 5 years in the army in WW1.
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Re: Utility Companies

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Re: Utility Companies

Postby tyke bhoy » Fri 10 Jul, 2015 9:51 am

Brunel wroteColonhttp://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/2596ac54-b528-4979-81d0-5fab8486cfe9

Maybe someone should tell the WY Archive that it was Leeds Corporation not Leeds City. It was me who in starting the thread,almost 7 years ago, who suggested it was City but I wasn't old enough to know. I think Blackprince is correct and my original suggestion wrong.
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Re: Utility Companies

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Re: Utility Companies

Postby blackprince » Mon 20 Jul, 2015 9:31 am

Sack the guy at the foundry who left out the word "corporation" :)
see http://www.leodis.net/display.aspx?reso ... 14_1009768
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Re: Utility Companies

Postby shutthatdoor » Wed 22 Jul, 2015 5:55 pm

Anyway...harking back to Tyke Bhoy's post from 2008, I also remember our cooker being converted to North Sea Gas. The burners on the cooker were swapped to something more suitable for the new gas. I am also told that North Sea Gas has no particularly strong smell and that a chemical is added to make it smell like gas. I presume it was Town Gas before then.
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