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Aerial view of Beckton Gas Works.

Aerial view of Beckton Gas Works.
Beckton Gas Works.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2638
Description: An aerial view of the Gas, Light and Coke Company's Beckton Gas Works. When it opened in 1870, it was the largest gasworks in Europe. The two huge jetties on the river stood on cast iron columns. They serviced the colliers that brought the huge amounts of coal needed to maintain gas production at the plant.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1930
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection.
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