Midlands Electricity

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The Midlands Electricity Board was the public sector utility company responsible for electricity generation and electrical infrastructure maintenance in the Midlands of England prior to 1990. As Midlands Electricity plc it was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


The Midlands Electricity Board was formed in 1947, under the Electricity Act of that year. The counterpart of the East Midlands board, it served southern, and western parts of Warwickshire, as well as the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire, as well as most of Gloucestershire, the West Midlands conurbation and northern Oxfordshire.

The MEB Headquarters were located at Mucklow Hill, Halesowen. This comprised the main administration buildings, housed in a rambling old manorial style residence, garages, gardens, including a bowling green, and space for a sports and social club.

Amongst the many activities undertaken in the club was an Amateur Radio Society which met every second Tuesday evening and held the callsigns G6MEB and G4MEB.

At one time in the 1980s (need dates) the garages at MEB Mucklow Hill were burnt down in a fire.

Halfway down the hill, towards Halesowen, MEB had a 'Display' section. One half made visual displays and a variety of printed matter, including advertisements and engineering sheets. The other half housed an industrial development section dedicated to demonstrating and developing ways to use...
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