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Beckton gasworkers.

Beckton gasworkers.
Beckton gasworkers.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2494
Description: Gas was produced at Beckton by heating coal to a very high temperature in large, airtight, cast iron cylinders, known as retorts. Vast ammounts of coal were needed for this process. In this image, workers at Beckton can seen seen feeding coal into the retorts. It was dirty and hot work, but was vital in maintaining London's energy supply.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c.1960
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection.
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