GEC, Lichfield Road, Stafford

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Description:Left to right: Dave Johnson, Fred Dew, Bernard Fulton, Bill Weaver, Rod Whiteman, Kevin Vaughn (seated), John Elsmore, Jack Smith, Graham Fradley, Paul Capewell, Geoff Buffton, Gordon Shorthouse (standing inside the stator), Mick Evens and Stan Fradley.

This photograph was taken in the GEC Turbine Generator, Generator Division, stator winding bay in 156 section and pictured are five large generators being wound in the purpose built stator winding berth. The Generator Division was one of several autonomous product units on the Lichfield Road site in Stafford. In the 1980s it was the largest unit on the site employing some 1,500 people and occupying approximately 400,000 sq. ft. The Division manufactured Generators from about 2MW to over 1,200MW. The Stafford Works was renowned for its electrical products including generators, transformers and switchgear.

Siemens Brothers purchased the land in 1901 and built the factory and offices which were ready to start production in 1903. In 1918 Siemens merged with several companies, including Dick, Kerr and Co., to become the English Electric Co. Two years later in 1920, The English Electric Co bought the Stafford Works. The English Electric Co merged with GEC (The General Electric Company) during 1968 and the Lichfield Road Site became part of GEC Power Engineering Ltd. On 22 March 1989 became part of GEC ALSTHOM, an Anglo French Joint Venture. On 22 June 1998 became part of ALSTOM with global HQ in Paris and to date (April 2015) continues to be part of the ALSTOM Group.


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Packing Dept., English Electric Co., Stafford
Packing Dept., English Electric Co., Stafford

Packing meters on the Lichfield Road (Main Works) site in Stafford. In the 1960s ...

English Electric Co., Stafford
English Electric Co., Stafford

Pictured are Craft, Technician and Student Apprentices receiving their practical ...

GEC, Lichfield Road, Stafford
GEC, Lichfield Road, Stafford

This image is taken from a GEC Turbine Generators Limited (Generator Division) Sales ...

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Creators: Mr Andy Ellis, Alstom Power, Stafford - Contributor

Image courtesy of: Mr Bob Metcalfe

Donor ref:AE-BM-04 (192/27915)

Source: Mr Bob Metcalfe

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