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1856 William Crosley patented an improvement in wet gas-meters, whereby the proper water-level was maintained in the measuring chamber, and made several additions, with the object of preventing meters being fraudulently tampered with. He established a gas apparatus and meter manufactory in Southwark Bridge Road.
Crosley promoted the Sale of Gas Acts of 1859 and 1860, whereby measures used in the sale of gas were stamped by Government inspectors. For this purpose he furnished some valuable statistics to the Parliamentary Committee appointed to inquire into the matter, and supplied the original cubic foot measure, transferrer, and gas-holders for the Exchequer Office. Many similar measures were also made for various corporate towns in England and Ireland.
1862 Crosley sold the business to Messrs. Guest and Chrimes, of Rotherham.