Let There Be Light!!

First electric supply in Tilbury

This is an excerpt from my Grand-father’s 85 years in Tilbury. He wrote …………
Whilst living at 50 Gainsborough Avenue, two gentlemen were walking along the street looking at all the houses. My mother was at the gate and they stopped and asked her if they could look over the house. After inspecting the house they asked if they could experiment  in wiring the house, my mother said yes please! They were in the house for about a week and on Christmas Eve they had finished the wiring and they connected it up to the mains. Then they said that my mother could use the light all over Christmas! What a time all the children had that Christmas! The man came back after Christmas and installed a meter. But we always remember that 50 Gainsborough Avenue was the first house in Tilbury to have electric lights!

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