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TITLE
Cooker delivery to Doire Aonar near Shieldaig
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_12_020
PLACENAME
Doire Aonar
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9051
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
cooker
Doire Aonar
Shieldaig
Cooker delivery to Doire Aonar near Shieldaig

By the mid-1950s electricity was reaching the smallest communities and even isolated individual houses in the Highlands, with miles of hydro lines and poles stretching out to the most remote areas. Contrary to some early views that the Highlanders were happy with their 'cruise' lamps, a very high percentage of households wanted electricity as soon as possible, and homeowners were keen to purchase the new time and labour saving appliances now available. The Hydro Board put on exhibitions and demonstrations, and from their showrooms promoted the use of electricity in everyday life.

This photograph was taken on the shore at Doire Aonar, near Shieldaig. The new electric cooker would have been transported by road from Kyle of Lochalsh to Shieldaig, loaded on the boat for the trip across the bay and carried to the house just up from the shore. It is very likely the house had road access as well, but it was probably much easier and faster to take the cooker over by boat.

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 Doire Aonar near Shieldaig

ROSS: Applecross

1950s

hydro-electric; cooker; Doire Aonar; Shieldaig

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

By the mid-1950s electricity was reaching the smallest communities and even isolated individual houses in the Highlands, with miles of hydro lines and poles stretching out to the most remote areas. Contrary to some early views that the Highlanders were happy with their 'cruise' lamps, a very high percentage of households wanted electricity as soon as possible, and homeowners were keen to purchase the new time and labour saving appliances now available. The Hydro Board put on exhibitions and demonstrations, and from their showrooms promoted the use of electricity in everyday life.<br /> <br /> This photograph was taken on the shore at Doire Aonar, near Shieldaig. The new electric cooker would have been transported by road from Kyle of Lochalsh to Shieldaig, loaded on the boat for the trip across the bay and carried to the house just up from the shore. It is very likely the house had road access as well, but it was probably much easier and faster to take the cooker over by boat. <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 />