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Powering the City

Why were power stations and gasworks built in East London?

Industrial waterway

Aerial view of Beckton Gasworks.
View full size imageAerial view of Beckton gasworks. © NMM
Throughout the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th century, the Thames became an important industrial waterway. Not only was London Britain's largest port, it was also a major manufacturing centre.

Among the more important Thames-side industries were g