Records of the Rushden and District Electric Supply Company Limited,1945-1948

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Signed minute book of board and general meetings, March 1945-April 1947 (BER 1).
  • Signed minute book of board meetings, April 1947-March 1948 (BER 2).
  • Signed minute book of general meetings, March 1947-March 1948 (BER 3).

The minute books record briefly the activities, finance and share ownership of the company. Very little detail about the operational activity of the company is included. This series of minute books is far from complete. If earlier volumes survive, their location has not been ascertained.

Administrative / Biographical History

The origins of the Rushden and District Electric Supply Company Limited are not clear but itsthirty-third annual general meeting was held in 1945, suggesting a start date of about 1911. Thecompany was closely associated with the Northampton Electric Light and Power Company Limited and theWellingborough Electric Supply Company Limited. In the 1940s, a number of the same directors sat onthe boards of these companies, and meetings were held on the same day at the Northampton firm'soffices. The company supplied electricity to Rushden in Northamptonshire and its surrounding area.The company was nationalised with the rest of the electric power industry in 1948 and its activitieswere taken over by the East Midlands Electricity Board.


The minute books have been sorted chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

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 minute books. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of the minute books 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 consistingonly of minute books, retained by the East Midlands Electricity Board, was given to The Universityof Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in April 2000 by PowerGen.