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Beckton Gasworks

Europe's largest gasworks

Beckton Gasworks
View full size imageLighters next to the jetty of Beckton gasworks. © NMM
During most of its history much of Beckton was flat, low-lying marshland. In the 19th century, when the east of London was used to serve the needs of the west, the Gas Light and Coke Company bought 218 hectares (540 acres) in the area. In 1868 they started work on what eventually became Europe's largest gasworks.

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Workers and the partially completed Beckton Gas Works.