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Lea Bridge District Gas Co. Works

© Peter Groom

Lea Bridge District Gas Co. Works

P1060579
P1060577

Details

Architect

Unknown

Date or period

1853

Group Value

None

Condition

Gasometers remain. 

Ownership

Unknown

The Lea Bridge gasworks was built in 1853 by the South Essex Gaslight and Coke Co to supply parts of Leyton. The Works were later sold to the County & General Gas Consumers Co. 

The company's operation in Leyton was statutorily restricted in 1864 to the area north of Park Road, Coopers Lane, and James Lane. 

The company was bought out in 1868 and the Lea Bridge District Gaslight & Coke Co. formed. In 1878 this was reincorporated with statutory powers as the Lea Bridge District Gas Co. 

In the twentieth century, gas a coke companies were amalgamated to meet the growing needs of the expanding suburbs.  However, The Lea Bridge District Gas Co. retained its independence even following its purchase by the South-Eastern Gas Corporation and  continued to be directly responsible for supplying its own area. 

When the gas industry was nationalised, under the Gas Act of 1948,  the Lea Bridge District Gas Co. were transferred to the North Thames Gas Board.

The site retains three gasometers and the Clementina Road entrance gates remain in place, although bricked-up.

Sources

'Metropolitan Essex since 1919: Local adminstration', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 5 (1966), pp. 74-81


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