Sunday, 3 April 2016

Early electricity in Upper Swaledale

Mains electricity didn't reach the farms & cottages beyond Keld until the late 1960s.
Hoggarths Farm however had a water powered electricity supply
engineered by Chris' grandfather, Kit Calvert.
This piece of land and the field above is known as Engine Piece and is where the water
from higher ground was directed to.

This is all that remains of the hydro electricity workings.  It only produced a limited amount of power.
Chris' mum told me she couldn't iron and have the lights on at the same time but it was still wonderful.

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