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Bradford on Avon Gasworks

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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The Gasworks, Frome Road

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On 6th December 1833 Bradford’s Parish Vestry asked ratepayers for funds to pay for lighting the town under the Lighting & Watching Act 1833. The gas and coke company was founded in 1834, primarily to supply gas for street lighting, but the provision of gas was eventually extended to cover much of the town’s domestic and industrial needs. The date is recorded in the gable of the building.

Gas was obtained by heating coal in large ovens, leaving the coal in the form of coke, which had uses in industrial furnaces and domestic fires. Another by-product was tar, mostly used in waterproofing and later for surfacing roads. Other useful chemicals could be extracted in the process of purifying the gas.

gas light, St Margaret's StreetThis is one of the very few reminders of Bradford’s gas street lighting that still remain. It is next to the railway bridge in St Margaret’s Street.

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The British Gas Light & Coke Company Ltd supplied Wingfield with gas from Trowbridge in 1880.