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1857 'The directors of the Lewes Gas Light Company are adopting the necessary measures for the speedy erection of a new gasometer, so as to enable them during the next winter, with the assistance of their present works, to meet the requirements of the consumers, without the necessity of "screwing" the light down just at the time when it is most required, or occasionally putting the whole town in darkness. The financial part of the undertaking was discussed and decided upon at the special meeting of the shareholders recently held: a report of the proceedings of which has already appeared in these columns. Mr. George Cutler, of the Wenlock Iron Works, City Road, London, is to provide the gas bolder, and the tender of Mr. John Every, jun., Lewes, has been accepted for the erection of the tank. A number of workmen are at present engaged in removing the earth necessary for the reception of the tank, which will be sunk about nine feet, and is to be nearly 60 feet diameter. The new gasometer will hold almost much gas the whole of the company's present resources. Other improvements, it is understood, are in contemplation, so that the inconveniences experienced during some previous winters, owing to the shortness of supply, is not likely to again occur.'