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Ratcliff Gas Co

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1817 The company built its works in Shadwell at Sun Tavern fields.

By 1820 The company was in operation, supplying light in London; its shares were advertised for sale[1]

1823 The Ratcliff Gas Co began business in Wapping[2]. The Ratcliff Gas Light and Coke Company was incorporated by Act of Parliament.

1836 Acquired the works of its opponents, the East London Gas Co of Lower Shadwell[3]

1836 Supplied the gas for Charles Green's balloon which was launched at Vauxhall[4].

1837 The works site was dissected by a railway lin; the southern part of the site continued as a holder station while the manufacturing operation was transferred to Wapping.

1855 The company was consolidated and amended.

1862 Gasworks near the Wapping end of the Thames Tunnel[5]

1873 One of 9 companies supplying gas to the London metropolis[6]

1875 the Ratcliff Gas Company was amalgamated with the Commercial Gas Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Feb 09, 1820
  2. The Times, Jul 26, 1921
  3. The Times, Jan 02, 1836
  4. The Times, Sep 12, 1836
  5. The Engineer 1862/03/21
  6. The Times, Aug 28, 1873
  • London Metropolitan Archives [1]