Records of the Melton Mowbray Electric Light Company, 1899-1948

Scope and Content

The minute books are all signed. There are four directors' minute books covering 1899-1948 (BEM1). They record in detail financial, share holding and significant operational aspects of thecompany as well as lists of customers and cheques of payment received. The collection also containsa minute book of general (shareholders) meetings from 1900-1948 (BEM 2). Newspaper cuttings relatingto the company have been pasted inside it.

Administrative / Biographical History

The surviving minutes for the Melton Mowbray Electric Light Company begin on 15 September 1899,by which time the company was already registered. At the beginning of the following year, it wasresolved to construct an electricity generating station on land at the north side of Mill Street.The company supplied electricity for street lighting, and for domestic and commercial premises inMelton Mowbray, Leicestershire and its immediate surrounding area. The company was nationalised withthe rest of the electric power industry in 1948 and its activities were taken over by the EastMidlands Electricity Board.


The volumes in the collection are sorted chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers subject torestrictions concerning personal information.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of the collection must be sought in advance inwriting from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department willtry to assist in identifying copyright owners but this is often difficult and the responsibility forcopyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.


Custodial History

The fate of the bulk of the company's archive is not known. The present collection contains onlyminute books, presumably retained by the East Midlands Electricity Board, and was given to TheUniversity of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in April 2000 byPowerGen.