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Fulham Gas Works

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of Sands Lane, Fulham

Also known as Imperial Gasworks

1824 Built by the Imperial Gas Light and Coke Co. It first operated as a holder station, with Samuel Clegg as its first engineer. The works was connected to the Kensington Canal which was used to transport coal to the plant.

1829 Commenced manufacture of gas

1862 Docks were built on the canal.

1876 The Imperial Gas Light and Coke Co amalgamated with the Gas Light and Coke Co

1899 A CWG (Carburetted Water Gas) plant was added.

The works was always known for its innovative design and methods and for a while had the largest holders in existence.

From 1908 to 1917 low gravity gas was made in a separate plant and distributed to Hurlingham for use in Balloons both for leisure and wartime activity.

1911 the Gas Light and Coke Co built its first workshop and transport depot at Fulham

1916 A mantle burning-off factory was added

1920 A Benzole motor spirit loading station was added.

From 1926 the coal arrived at a riverside wharf from sea going colliers.

1927 a new Research Laboratory was built; this was extended in 1942 and 1955.

1949 Gas Light and Coke Co became part of the nationalised industry under the North Thames Gas Board


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Sources of Information

  • [1] National Archives