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TITLE
Shieldaig/Lochcarron Road
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_11_005
PLACENAME
Kinloch Damph
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8956
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
vans
cookers
Shieldaig/Lochcarron Road

This photograph taken near Kinloch Damph (Ceann Loch Damh) gives a good example of the remote districts that were serviced through the commitment made by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board to bring electricity to all the Highlands. By the mid-1950s, electricity was reaching many of these isolated areas. Hydro Electric vans were becoming a common sight on the narrow, single track roads. The vans, delivering cookers and other new appliances now available, often had to be abandoned and for the last few miles, cookers carried to the houses.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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Shieldaig/Lochcarron Road

ROSS: Applecross

1950s

hydro-electric; vans; cookers

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

This photograph taken near Kinloch Damph (Ceann Loch Damh) gives a good example of the remote districts that were serviced through the commitment made by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board to bring electricity to all the Highlands. By the mid-1950s, electricity was reaching many of these isolated areas. Hydro Electric vans were becoming a common sight on the narrow, single track roads. The vans, delivering cookers and other new appliances now available, often had to be abandoned and for the last few miles, cookers carried to the houses.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />