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Brick Lane Gasworks

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One of the stations producing town gas belonging to the Chartered Gas Company

Brick Lane was the third works of the Gas Light and Coke Co, built by Samuel Clegg.

Some of the original 16 gasholders were in wooden tanks

By 1833 ammonia plant had been added

1840 Alexander Croll was superintendent of the Chartered Gas Co's works in Brick Lane.[1]

1835 The first telescopic holder arrived

By 1838 a proving plant had been installed for testing consumers' meters.

1844 The first brick retorts were installed.

1859 new offices were built on the Goswell Road side of the site and the name of the site changed from Brick Lane to Goswell Road. The works were rebuilt at the Goswell Road end of the site and the former works became a coal store.

1871 the works were closed and site continued as a holder station until 1898. The offices became the distribution headquarters of the gas company until 1939 when the staff were transferred to Westminster.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 3 January 1854
  • [1] National Archives