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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/NTG-4
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1816-1908 (property records span 1391-1920).
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 28.5 linear metres (extent of whole collection, not this subfonds).
Name of creator(s): Imperial Gas Light and Coke Company


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Imperial Gas Light and Coke Company was formed after a merger of the Coal Light Company (founded 1816) and the Metropolis Gas Light and Coke Company (founded 1820). It was incorporated by several Acts of Parliament: 1821: 1-2 George IV cap. 117 1823: 4 George IV cap. 95 1829: 10 George IV cap. 12. The Company had works at Bromley, Fulham, Saint Pancras, Shoreditch, Bow and Limehouse. In 1876 it was amalgamated with the (Chartered) Gas Light and Coke Company.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Imperial Gas Light and Coke Company, including copy of the Bill for establishing an Imperial Gas Light and Coke company to light certain parts of the metropolis, and later Acts relating to the Company; Parliamentary papers; half yearly reports and accounts submitted by the Directors to the Shareholders; return of officer's sureties, showing officer's signature, name and address of sureties and a note on their responsibility; contracts and agreements; papers and correspondence relating to legal proceedings; minutes of Proceedings before Commissioners appointed by the Board of Trade to revise the scale of illuminating power and gas prices of the Imperial G.L.C.: and Commissioners' certificate; schedules of deeds, bonds and debentures; registers of deposits and withdrawals of various documents; sundry insurance policies relating to the company's properties; various leases, agreements, reports and other papers concerning the company's properties.

Also map showing areas served by the Hornsey Gas Co. and the Imperial Gas Co. and their boundaries as affected by the Imperial Gas Act 1854, the Metropolis Gas Act 1860, and the Hornsey Gas Act 1866; ordnance survey map showing boundary between the Imperial Gas Company and the Hornsey Gas Company from St. Pancras to North Hackney.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Corporate records: B/NTG/0546-0560;
Legal records: B/NTG/0561-0713 and 0727-1242;
Financial records: B/NTG/0716-0726;
Production records: B/NTG/0714-0715;
Property records: B/NTG/1243-1384.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in multiple accessions in 1957 and 1958.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further records of the company can be found at reference B/IMP/GLC. See also records of the Chartered Gas Light and Coke Company at LMA/4438.

Publication note:

For further information about gas companies and works see: E.G.Stewart, Historical Index of Gasworks past and present in the area now served by the North Thames Gas Board, 1806-1957 (1957) and Supplement to the Historical Index of Gasworks (1970); LMA Library reference 24.41 NTGB; and Stirling Everard, The History of the Gas Light and Coke Company (1949), LMA Library reference 24.41 EVE. Other works relating to the history of gas supply can also be found at reference 24.4.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2009 to February 2010

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