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Electric Construction Corporation

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Offices (1889) Old Broad-Street, London. of Worcester House, Walbrook (1890). of West Ferry Road, London (1891)[1].

1889 Company established to amalgamate various companies concerned with manufacture of electrical equipment for transport[2]:

1890 Works completed at Bushbury[3] on a 23 acre site, purposely built for electrical engineering construction. These included a separate iron foundry and its own railway siding. Some of their first products were the E.C.C. Standard Type Dynamo and Motor for generators and motor cars, the Multipolar Generator (one of which was supplied to the Manchester Corporation, and was at the time, the largest direct current machine in the world), direct current transformers and rotary converters, electric railway plant, various alternators and transformers, arc lamps and meters and other electrical components for motor cars[4].

1890 Granted a licence to General Electric Power and Traction Co to use its traction patents and also agreed to supply accumulators[5].

1890 Mercury-arc rectifier to power an electric motor by converting AC to DC. Also a DC electric motor. (Exhibit at Birmingham Thinktank museum)

1890 Works for production of phosphorus constructed at Wednesfield[6].

1891 For description of works see 1891 The Practical Engineer

1892 Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition: Elwell-Parker motor generator[7]. Supplying equipment to South Stafford Tramway and Liverpool Overhead Electric Railway[8].

1893 South Stafford Tramway opened; the only one in the country using single pole overhead electrification; directors of Electric Construction Corporation were present and celebrated the event at lunch with many toasts[9].

1893 During bankruptcy hearings about The Building Society Securities Company it transpired it had made large investments in Electric Construction Corporation which had lost value[10].

1893 Company voluntarily wound-up to enable reconstruction[11] as the Electric Construction Co[12].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Post Office London Trades Directory, 1891
  2. The Times, 4 June 1889
  3. Electrical Engineer vol 5 1890
  4. E.C.C. history[1]
  5. The Times, 2 June 1890
  6. Electrical Engineer vol 6 1890
  7. 1892 The Practical Engineer
  8. The Pall Mall Gazette November 9, 1892
  9. The Times, 2 January 1893
  10. The Times, 28 June 1893
  11. The Times, 6 July 1893
  • [2] History of Electric Construction Corporation