More Unusual Sockets: The Wylex System

A video of the Wylex system, one of a few pre-BS 1363 electrical socket systems

Continuing our look at pre-BS 1363 systems, we look at an unusual one which was popular in the North West of England. The Wylex system was devised in 1926 originally with 5A, 10A and 15A fuses. In 1946, the fuse ratings were changed to 2A, 5A, and 13A.

Wylex was a trading name of George H. Scholes Ltd. They were formed in 1897 in Manchester. When Manchester Corporation developed the Wythenshawe housing estate, they moved to premises in Sharston (just off the M56 motorway). Needless to say, they had a ready market for their system; as a consequence, Wylex’s system was the standard for Wythenshawe’s council housing prior to the adoption of today’s system.

The system had three pins. Two of which were flat pins with the third one, in the centre, a hollow tubular pin. Just to complicate matters, some plugs had slightly smaller pins. Some didn’t even have a fuse holder. Some plugs even allowed for piggybacking.

In Video

John Ward has a fascinating YouTube channel which has a look at weird and wonderful non-standard plugs through the ages. He has 29,000 subscribers and you could see why with this informative clip.

Total Control and Distribution, 18 February 2017.

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