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NORTH THAMES GAS PREDECESSORS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/170
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: NORTH THAMES GAS PREDECESSORS
Date(s): 1817-1870
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 35 production units.
Name of creator(s): City of London Gas Light and Coke Company
Great Central Gas Consumers Company

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The City of London Gas Light and Coke Company was founded in 1817, with offices at Salisbury Square, off Fleet Street. The company had gas works at Dorset Street, Blackfriars; Fetter Lane, Aldgate and Whitechapel. It was taken over by the Chartered Gas Light and Coke Company in 1870.

The Great Central Gas Consumers Company was founded in 1849. Consumers Gas Companies were usually set up in consequence of dissatisfaction with the existing suppliers, in this case the City of London Gas Light and Coke Company and the Chartered Gas Light and Coke Company, which were both charging high amounts for their gas. According to the Act of Parliament which established the Company, it was obliged to sell gas at 4 shillings per 1000 cubic feet, and to take profits of 10 percent maximum. Any profit above 10 percent was to be put towards the reduction of prices. The Company had a gas works at Bow Common. In 1870 it was taken over by the Chartered Gas Light and Coke Company.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the City of London Gas Light and Coke Company comprising minutes and correspondence only; and records of the Great Central Gas Consumers' Company comprising minutes, letterbooks and constitutional documents.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

City of London Gas Light and Coke Company: CLC/B/170-01; Great Central Gas Consumers' Company: CLC/B/170-02.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The surviving archives of the City of London Gas Light and Coke company were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1965 by the North Thames Gas Board, together with those of the Great Central Gas Consumers' Society. The records were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For records of the City of London Gas Light and Coke Company see also B/NTG-1; and for the Great Central Gas Consumers Company see also B/NTG-3.


Publication note:

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:
January to May 2011.

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