Wapping Gas Works

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1823 to 1935


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Gas, Tar, Coke, Ammonia, Sulphur

Used Raw Materials


|1823 |1875 |Ratcliff Gas Light & Coke Company |-

|1875 |1935 |Commercial Gas Company |-

|1823 |1935 |Coal Gas Industry |-


Originally was two sites side by side, owned by the Ratcliff Gas Light & Coke Company and the East London Gas Light Company.

Gas works were used to produce and store flammable coal gas. Coal was mined in Britain and then shipped on a barge up rivers or on trains to the gas works. There it was burned to create the gas, which was then purified and put into the gas holders until needed for consumer use to light streets and buildings. The process also created coke, tar, ammonia, and sulphur as by-products.