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An examination of electricity supplies to the City from 1878 and with a particular focus on the City of London Electricity Lighting Company Limited founded in 1890 and abolished in 1948.

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This article demonstrates that the City of London Company was efficient, profitable and active in expanding the generation and consumption of electricity in its area of supply. It challenges assertions in the existing literature that the British electricity industry was small-scale and inefficient with little incentive for expansion. The company was subject to increasing bureaucratic control of its activities in the inter-war period.

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This page is a summary of: Electrifying the City: Power and Profit at the City of London Electric Lighting Company Limited, The London Journal, August 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/03058034.2017.1357939.
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