SJ8198 : Liverpool Street Gasometer

taken 4 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Liverpool Street Gasometer
Liverpool Street Gasometer
The gasholders of the former Liverpool Street Gasworks made famous in Ewan McColl's "Dirty Old Town" ("I found my love by the gasworks croft/Dreamed a dream by the old canal…" LinkExternal link ) appear to be all that remains of Salford Gas Works.

The position of the gasometers (and those that used to be nearby at Regent Road) can be seen on the OS map of 1896 LinkExternal link .
Salford Gas Works
Production of gas for public supply in Salford began in 1819 under Messrs. Appleby, Brain, Fisher and Clay. An 1830 Act of Parliament allowed the Commissioners of Salford to purchase the works in Clowes Street. By 1836 these works were replaced by a new gas works in Lamb Lane, later known as Bloom Street and, in 1844 a Charter of Incorporation was granted to the town and the gas works came under the control of the Salford Corporation.

Production expanded under the control of the Corporation's Gas Committee and new works were constructed in Salford at Regent Road in 1858, Liverpool Street in 1868, Albion Street in 1893 and West Egerton Street in 1912. The Liverpool Street works and the Regent Road works were connected by a footbridge and both lay alongside the London and North-Western Railway.

The main offices and meter department were based at Bloom Street (SJ8398 : Gas Board Offices (Arlington House)). The area of supply included Eccles, Swinton, Worsley, Walkden, Davyhulme, Irlam, Cadishead and Pendlebury although Salford Corporation sold their right to supply Davyhulme to the newly formed Stretford and District Gas Board in 1922.

On nationalisation in 1949, the Salford Corporation Gas Department became part of the Manchester Group of the NWGB (LinkExternal link National Archives).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 29 March, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 30 March, 2015
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  Historic sites and artefacts 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 817 982 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8391N 2:16.5969W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 817 982
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Gasometer  Gas Holder  Gasholder  Former Gasworks  19th Century  Victorian  Nineteenth Century 

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