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Beckton Gas Works in 1970.

Beckton Gas Works in 1970.
Beckton Gas Works.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1830
Description: The Gas, Light and Coke Company's Beckton Gas Works, opened in 1870. This photograph was taken exactly 100 years later, the year the works shut. The discovery of huge quantities of natural gas in the North Sea made the production of coal gas uneconomical, and all the major gasworks folded within a few years. Most of the plant has been demolished and removed.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 27 August 1970
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection.
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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