Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Wolverhampton Gas Co

From Graces Guide

1819 – Wolverhampton Gas Light Company established.

1821 – Horseley Field Works commence production.

1847 - Wolverhampton New Gas Company merged with the Wolverhampton Gaslight Company. Act to enlarge powers of the Wolverhampton Gas Light Co. and authorize union with the Wolverhampton New Gas Co.

1852 – Act repealing Wolverhampton Gas Act 1847 and reconstituting the company with Additional Powers.

1862 – World altitude record of over six miles was set by James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell in a balloon filled with coal gas.

John Annan was Chief Engineer.

1866 - Probably the greatest display of street lighting took place in 1866 when Queen Victoria came to Wolverhampton to unveil the statue of Prince Albert.

1880 – Gas showroom built in Darlington Street, Wolverhampton.

1893 - Act (as amended in Committee) for conferring further powers on Wolverhampton Gas Co.

1900 – Stafford Road works extended.

1901 – Horseley Field works close.

1949 – Nationalised as part of West Midlands Gas Board [1]

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