Powering the City
|East Greenwich Gasworks|
Serving south London
At that time, the South Metropolitan Gas Company had claims to be the top gas company in the country. Its works on the Greenwich peninsula rivalled those across the river at Beckton.
North Sea competition
The building sits on the very edge of the longitudinal Greenwich Meridian. That is the location most nations use to measure their local time.
All of the buildings were on a grand scale. The four retort houses, for example, were nearly 150 m (485 feet) long and 22 m (73 feet) wide. Each had stores that could hold 6500 tons of coal.
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