I thought there were 3 incoming, but whoever put the supply in only used a
3 core cable, so it's two phases and neutral. I only discovered this when
we were fed from a genny after a nearby builder wrecked the local feeder.
The company fuse holder is a 3 phase one so I assumed we had all 3.
My parent's house built in the 1930s had two phases, but only one used.
Believe they were two out of the three - and all three were alternated
over the estate, with each house having two. I was told it was provision
for all electric heating in the future. The actual houses were built with
no power sockets at all - unless you paid extra for them.
*I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Nuclear power stations - in the 1930's ?????
ISTR that in the early days of electricity some electric companies had
different tariffs for 'lighting' and 'power'. Perhaps the intention was
to have a lighting meter on one phase and a power meter on the other.
It wasn't that 'early'. My parents built a house 1949/1950 which was
very innovative in many ways (latest square pin plugs, through lounge,
etc.) but that had separate fuseboxes and meters for light and power.
As Mike says the nuclear power aspirations were in the mid 50s, and it
wasn't free electricity it was electricity too cheap to meter.
In the 30s my grandfather worked for "the electric light" and the
company had a coal fired steam turbine next to the town gas plant, I
believe they both depended on cooling water from the nearby canal. It
was policy then to connect any house that asked for a supply and
provide one lighting fixture, any other connections were chargeable
By the time I was born the grid connection meant the plant was closed
but the chimney dominated the town and was used to carry the name of a
toilet cleaner for all the commuters on the mainline to London to see.
Granddad kept his works cart when he retired and would give my sister
and I rides up and down the street in it, it was affectionately known
as the bogey wagon.
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