East Greenwich Gas Works – first news


It was announced some months since that plans and a description of the new East Greenwich station of the South Metropolitan Gas Company were in course of preparation for publication in the JOURNAL. We have now been favoured by Mr. G. Livesey, the Chairman and Mr. Frank Livesey, the Chief Engineer of the company with the first instalment of this valuable communication, comprising a key plan of the site and a general ground plan of the works, showing the portion actually constructed and the scheme extensions. The letterpress accompanying these drawings has also been written by these gentlemen with a view to explaining as fully as possible the reasons for the arrangement thus set forth. Readers of the Journal will appreciate the value of this full and clear exposition of the highest branch of constructive gas engineering, coming fresh from the mind of the first authority of the day. We take this opportunity of expressing our sense of the kindness thus shown by Messrs. Livesey, to whom we already owe so many contributions to our published records of contemporary gas engineering construction.


scan0024In planning these works; there were, as is probably always the case, certain conditions or restrictions;some being imposed by Act of Parliament, others pertaining to the position of the land in relation to the river and other means of communication, and others again being due to the nature of the soil. The Act of Parliament required the purifying plant to be placed on the northern half of the land; in order that it might be as far from inhabited houses as possible; the position of the retort-houses was governed mainly by that of the jetty for unloading coals; and the site of the gasholders (confined as it was to the south) was ultimately chosen by boring to ascertain where the strata were most suitable for the construction of the tanks.

The land, as shown by the accompanying key plan, is situated in Greenwich Marshes. It is enclosed within a sharp bend of the river, opposite Blackwall; the northern end of it being known as Blackwall Point. The total area (including a large dry dock which Parliament compelled the Company to purchase, and Ordnance Wharf,, adjoining, now let for a tar works) is 127 acres

From Journal of Gas Lighting


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