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Grays and Thurrock Gas Co

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1853 Founded by Deed of Settlement as the Grays Thurrock Gas and Coke Company Ltd.

Set up works on the Southend Road, near to the Thames.

1884 Obtained statutory powers; changed its name.

1913 Started to supply areas beyond Grays and Tilbury. Acquired four undertakings in south-east Essex: Laindon, Stanford-le-Hope, Billericay and Rayleigh. Closed those works and linked their networks to the Grays works by the innovative method of using high pressure steel mains operating at 30-50 pounds per square inch.

Increased demand in these rural areas led to the construction of a new horizontal retort house, and then a carburetted water gas plant.

1920 A Tully plant was built.

1930 Acquired by the Gas Light and Coke Co, closing the manufacturing plant in the following year, however, the site remained in use as a holder station.

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  • [1] National Archives