Wilford Power Station
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Wilford Power Station

Wilford Power Station was a coal-fired power station situated on the north bank of the River Trent, at Nottingham in the East Midlands.

Construction and Use

It was authorised in 1920. Construction took 5 years, cost £700,000 (equivalent to £39,220,000 in 2018) [2] and the first section was completed in September 1925. It was later expanded from the original 30MW to 316MW.

Much of the coal came from nearby Clifton Colliery [3] and the power station had railway connections to the Nottingham branch of the Midland Main Line and the Great Central Railway. It provided power for Nottingham and the local surrounding area.

The cooling water system enabled the abstraction of up to 45,500 m3/h (10 million gallons per hour) of water from the River Trent.[4]

Demolition and Redevelopment

Embankment House

Wilford Power Station closed in 1981 and was demolished shortly afterwards. Much of the area was redeveloped with the neighbouring clay works and railway terminus demolished around the same time.

The former power station site has since been developed as a commercial site and is now titled the Riverside Retail Park with multiple stores including the anchor stores of B&Q, Boots UK and Argos. The site also contains the Riverside Park and Ride for NCT and Trent Barton.

Additional land was filled in for parkland and developed for offices, including Embankment House office block which houses the headquarters of Experian.

See also


  1. ^ "New Power Station". Derby Daily Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 18 September 1925. p. 6.(subscription required)
  2. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "The gambler who became a Nottingham MP - and discovered coal at his Clifton Hall estate". Nottinghamshire Live. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Sheail, John (1991). Power in Trust. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 65. ISBN 0198546734.

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