BTH Works

Some photographs of the British Thomson Houston Works that stretched between Mill Road, Leicester Road, Boughton Road and the London to Birmingham main railway line.

Railway Frontage
In the 1930's domestic white goods were produced in the buildings on the left, in the middle was the foundry and the Control Gear factory was in the last building.

The GEC sign on the high rise section of the foundry was the last version of a series of illuminated signs. The first had British Thomson Houston in full across both buildings, hence the very large framework. During the 1960's this was replaced with an AEI insignia and Rugby.

Power House (Building 9)

The original 1902 engine room is the long building with tall arched windows. Behind are two extension boiler houses. The power house supplied electricity and steam to the works. A steam whistle also used to be sounded on the roof at shift changes until the mid 1980's.

The wedge shaped structures behind the cars are entrance stairs to air raid shelters from WW2.

The works also supplied electricity to the town's street lights, until the 1920's, when a public utility supply arrived in the town.

Research Laboratory

The tall building at the back of this photograph is Building 52, the research laboratory purpose built in 1924. It remained as such until replaced by the new AEI lab building on Boughton Road, (BR57).

It was here in 1947 that Dennis Gabor invented the theory of the hologram.