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Battersea Power Station a077607

BATTERSEA POWER STATION, London. View of the station in Battersea, as seen at dusk from across the River Thames in Westminster, and showing steam rising from its four distinctive chimneys and lights illuminating the surrounding industrial machinery. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: 1955 - 1960

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Battersea Power Station, London: An Industrial Giant Illuminated at Dusk This evocative photograph captures the iconic Battersea Power Station in London as it stands proudly along the south bank of the River Thames, viewed from Westminster at dusk. Taken between 1955 and 1960 by renowned photographer John Gay, this image showcases the power station in its industrial glory, with steam rising from its four distinctive chimneys and the surrounding machinery illuminated by the fading light. The Battersea Power Station, an icon of London's industrial heritage, was built between 1935 and 1951 and was one of the largest coal-fired power stations in the world at the time. Its unique design, featuring four chimneys, became a symbol of London's power and progress. As the sun sets, the industrial landscape comes alive with a sense of energy and power, as the station continues to operate, providing electricity to the city. The River Thames, with its tranquil waters reflecting the industrial scene, adds to the serene beauty of the image. This photograph is a testament to the industrial era and the role that power stations like Battersea played in powering the city. It also highlights the unique beauty of industrial landscapes, which can be both awe-inspiring and peaceful, especially when viewed at dusk.

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