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TITLE
Cooker delivery to Kinloch Damph
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_11_010
PLACENAME
Kinloch Damph
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8966
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
cooker
van
Kinloch Damph
Cooker delivery to Kinloch Damph

By the mid-1950s, electricity was reaching some of the more remote areas in the Highlands, with hydro poles and lines stretching for miles over uninhabited areas to reach even the smallest communities. In 1955 electricity was switched on for the Applecross peninsula and north to Shieldaig. With the availability of electricity people were eager to try out cookers, electric kettles and other new appliances. From the main showroom in Kyle of Lochalsh, Hydro Electric vans delivering goods became a very common sight.



This photograph shows two Hydro workers, assisted by two other men, carrying a cooker over a bridge on their way to a house at Kinloch Damph (Ceann Loch Damh). Having left the main road, on to a narrow track, the van then had to be abandoned for the final miles on a footpath, over bridges, and through woods. The family who are the recipients of this new appliance would have been very appreciative of the efforts taken in making the delivery. It was certainly a long and uneven path to reach the house, but judging from the parcels and packages being carried in, this was a normal part of everyday life.



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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Cooker delivery to Kinloch Damph

ROSS: Applecross

1950s

hydro-electric; cooker; van; Kinloch Damph

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

By the mid-1950s, electricity was reaching some of the more remote areas in the Highlands, with hydro poles and lines stretching for miles over uninhabited areas to reach even the smallest communities. In 1955 electricity was switched on for the Applecross peninsula and north to Shieldaig. With the availability of electricity people were eager to try out cookers, electric kettles and other new appliances. From the main showroom in Kyle of Lochalsh, Hydro Electric vans delivering goods became a very common sight.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> This photograph shows two Hydro workers, assisted by two other men, carrying a cooker over a bridge on their way to a house at Kinloch Damph (Ceann Loch Damh). Having left the main road, on to a narrow track, the van then had to be abandoned for the final miles on a footpath, over bridges, and through woods. The family who are the recipients of this new appliance would have been very appreciative of the efforts taken in making the delivery. It was certainly a long and uneven path to reach the house, but judging from the parcels and packages being carried in, this was a normal part of everyday life.<br /><br /> <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 /> <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 /> <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 /><br /> <br /><br /> This image can be purchased.<br /><br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /><br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br /><br />