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The Ogmore Valley Electric Light and Power Supply Company

 1892 Gas Engine Mr Rees Lloyd Williams

The Ogmore Valley Electric Light & Power Supply Company was started in 1892 by an initial group of 100 shareholders each investing £50, with advertising starting in 1890 and attracting investment from the ordinary working class through to the Lord`s and great and good of the day.

Two generating stations were set up, one in Ogmore Vale and one in Nantymoel , both situated in Llewellyn Street at each location and it was in 1892 that the Street lights in both Lllewellyn Street`s were switched on for the first time, making them the first Public Street Lights in Wales.

It was also in 1892 that the Ogmore Valley Electric Light & Power Supply Company were looking to utilise the force of the adjacent Ogmore River to produce Hydro Electricity though it isn`t known how successful they were in actually producing any Hydro Electricity at this time.

1922_1944 Power Station From Mountain


In the 1920`s Cory Brothers Company Ltd. invested £750,000 in constructing a new Electricity Generating Plant opposite Cuthbert Street, (now part of the site of the £3 Million Ogmore Vale Primary School opened in 2003).

Five new generating plants were installed at a cost of £27,000 each with a total capacity of 15,000 Kilowatts. It used 700 - 800 tons of coal a week and 2,000,000 gallons of water per hour with 4 cooling towers and employed 18 men under the Manger, Mr Illingworth.

Officially opened in 1922 to supply electricity not only to their own concerns but also to several local authorities in the immediate area.



Ogmore Vale Electric Light Company,   who in turn supplied the Ogmore & Garw Urban District Council with their electricity supply, Neath Urban District Council and Cwmgrach Urban District Council

Ogmore Valley Collieries:

Cwm Fuwch, Penllwyngwent, Wyndham.

Rhondda Collieries:

Abergorki, Bodringallt, Bwllfa Du, Gelli, Pentre, Tydraw, Tynybedw.

Neath Valley Collieries:

Blaengwrach (Glyn Neath), Ffaldydre, Glyncastle (Resolven).

The company went from strength to strength and as the output figures for 1926 show it was producing more electricity than the cities of Cardiff, Newport and Swansea;

Ogmore Generating Plant: (36,000,000 Units)

Cardiff Corporation: (32,500,954 Units)

Swansea Corporation: (30,942,604 Units)

Newport Corporation: (24,547,151 Units)

Cory Brothers continued to generate electricity until 1944 when the valley was connected to the National Grid and the whole electric industry was nationalised under the Electricity Act (1947) on the 1st April 1948.

Unusually, despite a legal requirement to destroy both after 10 years, the complete history of the OVEL&PS Company in regards to it`s Share Register and Share Transfer Books have both survived and have been scanned by the Ogmore Valley Local History & Heritage Society and provide a fascinating insight into an essentially local company but one that was not only right at the cutting edge of technology but one that was ecologically a century ahead of its time……


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