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'High Merit': Existing English Post-War Coal and Oil-Fired Power Stations in Context

Post-war coal or oil-fired electricity generating power stations, with their massive cooling towers are becoming increasingly rare as they come to the end of their service lives. This report puts them into their historical, technological and engineering context.

Jonathan Clarke carried out this research over the course of 2013. The work was originally commissioned by English Heritage - now Historic England - as scoping work for the National Heritage Protection Plan's Responsive Designation activity. Where the report refers to the work of English Heritage, these functions are now carried out by Historic England.


  1. Introduction
  2. Historical overview of the Post-War electrical generating industry.
  3. Historical overview of cooling towers
  4. Recommendations for further research.
  5. Bibliography of Post-War coal-fired power stations and cooling towers


  • Appendix 1: Tabulated summary of extant coal-fired power station in England
  • Appendix 2: Minutes of the Royal fine art commission on power stations included in Appendix 1
  • Appendix 3: Supplementary research on England's surviving post-war oil- fired power stations
  • Appendix 4: Tabulated summary of extant oil-fired power stations in England

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: Main report: 43; Appendices: 43


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