TQ3979 : South Metropolitan Gas Co war memorial

taken 9 years ago, near to Greenwich, Great Britain

South Metropolitan Gas Co war memorial
South Metropolitan Gas Co war memorial
Apart from the two remaining gasholders, this is the only reminder that nearly the whole of the Greenwich Peninsula was once given over to the production of town gas.

It is headed "To the glory of God and the grateful memory of those employees of the South Metropolitan Gas Company attached to the East Greenwich, Phoenix Wharf and Ordnance Wharf works who, in response to the call of their King and country, sacrificed their lives during the Great War". 81 names follow.
Greenwich peninsula

The peninsula is formed by a meander of the River Thames north-east of Greenwich, which along with the Isle of Dogs to the west, forms the distinctive outline familiar from the opening credits of the TV series "Eastenders". Until the 18th century it was marshland, thereafter gradually drained and industrialised, and in the late 19th century dominated by the South Metropolitan Gasworks. After becoming largely derelict in the later 20th century, the east side of the peninsula was remediated and redeveloped from the 1990s onwards, the focus being the Millennium Dome (later O2 Arena). The west side remained industrial for longer although by 2010 the remaining industries there were starting to close and be replaced by residential developments and an ocean liner terminal.

For a detailed history of the industrial sites on Greenwich Peninsula, see the book "Greenwich Marsh - the 300 years before the Dome", Mills, Mary - self-published 1999. ISBN 0 9535245 0 7

For a photographic record of the west side of the peninsula before recent demolitions, see LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 May, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
North Greenwich 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3977 7929 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.7169N 0:0.7225E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3977 7928
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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