The Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Company, Hinckley

The Electric Company building is a large impressive neo-classical style building built in 1932.

Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Company Hinckley
Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Company.

1902 The Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Company was incorporated under the Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Act of 1902.

1912 Amongst the largest customers were Leicester City Council and Hinckley UDC (Urban District Council). The electric that was supplied was generated by power stations at Hinckley, Newbold-on-Avon and Warwick.

1930 Hinckley was chosen by the Board of Directors as the location for the new Central Office. A plot of land was chosen along Upper Bond Street in Hinckley, opposite the Manor House which was being used as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium that was replaced in 1937 for the Police Station.

1932 A large impressive building was built to the designs of Arthur M.Heaton of Heaton & Walker of Hinckley who had done alterations on the Isolation Hospital, Constitutional Club, Cottage Hospital, Masonic Hall and St.Marys School. The contractors were Walter Moss & Son of Coalville. The cost of the building came to £14,524 10s.

The building is broadly neo-classical in style with red brick and stone dressings. A seven-bay two storey symmetrical façade bearing a central pediment and has an attic storey above. The lower storey is clad with Clipsham stone and the rusticated doorway is flanked by Doric columns that support an elaborate cornice and frieze with pseudo-Egyptian motifs.

1948 The Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Company was nationalised along with the rest of the electric power industry, with East Midlands Electricity Board taking over its activities. The local offices and showroom remained in the building for many years.

More recently the building was used as offices for the Leicestershire County Council Social Services Department.





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