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Manchester Electricity Department at Victoria Arches

4th November 2017 - Walk
Manchester Electricity Department at Victoria Arches

Exploring Manchester’s lost energy infrastructure.

Quoted from a letter in the Manchester Evening News in 1960, Taken from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Arches

At the time I knew it well, 1898, one or two of the arches were used as a battery station by Manchester Electricity Department and two or three others as meter testing and storage departments. Also there was the first testing station for the department where the prototypes of all apparatus used by electricity users in the city were tested. The tunnel was bricked up, about level with the end of Fennel Street. From its gradient it would reach approximately water level at the Irk at the bottom of Hunt’s Bank, and the other end would reach street level at St Mary’s Gate. The roadway was one cart track wide. The entrance was in Victoria Street alongside the door to a tobacconist’s shop near Cathedral Yard.

Taken from: https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/victoria-arches-cathedral-steps-manchester-nov-15.t100633

At the time I knew it well, 1898, one or two of the arches were used as a battery station by Manchester Electricity Department and two or three others as meter testing and storage departments. Also there was the first testing station for the department where the prototypes of all apparatus used by electricity users in the city were tested. The tunnel was bricked up, about level with the end of Fennel Street.

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