Agecroft Power Station
Agecroft Power Station refers to three now demolished coal-fired power stations, which were situated between the eastern bank of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal and the western bank of the River Irwell at Agecroft, Pendlebury, near Manchester, North West England.

History
The first power station on the site, Agecroft A Power Station, was formally opened by Alderman G. Billington, the Mayor of Salford, on Wednesday 23 September 1925. The station used four 25,000 kilowatt (kW) turbo generators to produce a total generating capacity of 100,000 kW. It was operated by the Salford Corporation Electricity Department. After nationalisation the station was operated by the Central Electricity Generating Board. The station was then extended in the 1960s with the construction of a B station and a C station. Agecroft B and C power stations were officially opened in 1962 and the event was commemorated with a plaque.

Operations
Each of the stations used a 116 megawatt (MW) generating set, giving a total generation capacity of 232 MW. The stations used water from the canal and were cooled by four large natural draft cooling towers situated close to the banks of the Irwell. Three steam locomotives, built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns, were used to shunt coal wagons at the A Station. However, with the nationalisation of the UK's electric supply industry, the locomotives became almost entirely redundant as a conveyor belt was constructed to carry coal directly across Agecroft Road (A6044) and into the station from Agecroft Colliery. Despite this however, locomotives were still used to shunt wagons of coal to and from the colliery. The surplus of locomotives were sold in 1980s.

Closure and demolition
Agecroft Colliery was closed in March 1991 and the closure of the power station was announced in November 1992. The station closed in March 1993, and demolition commenced later that year. The cooling towers and two main stacks were demolished on the 8 May 1994. Their demolition was delayed because a pair of rare peregrine falcons had nested on the site. HM Prison Forest Bank has since been built on the station's site.