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Kensal Green Gas Works and environs, North Kensington, 1928
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The Kensal Green Gas Works alongside the Kensal Green Cemetery and the surroundi...Kensal Green Gas Works and environs, North Kensington, 1928
 
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Title Kensal Green Gas Works and environs, North Kensington, 1928
Image reference EPW024753
Date September 1928
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Place name North Kensington
Administrative area Kensington and Chelsea
Country England
Easting/Northing 523865, 182327

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    Class31
    Tuesday 7th October
    8:22pm
  • Old house demolished to make room for the telephone exchange.

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    Brian C.
    Wednesday 23rd July
    10:33am
  • Canalside House, now (2013) managed by Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea as office and meeting space for voluntary and community organisations.

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    David Parry
    Monday 6th May
    5:14pm
  • Dissenters' Chapel

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    David Parry
    Monday 6th May
    4:34pm
  • The Dissenters' Chapel is now a redundant chapel in Kensal Green Cemetery. It was Grade II Listed in 1969 (amended 2001).

    See the 'Factual Summary' tab for this image for more details.

    David Parry
    Monday 6th May
    4:58pm
  • Kensal Green Cemetery

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    David Parry
    Monday 6th May
    4:04pm
  • Final resting place of numerous famous people, such as artists Sir John Tenniel and John Varley, the great Blondin (crossed Niagara falls on a tightrope), John Aldred Twining and Richard Twining (both of the tea dynasty), Sir George Birkbeck, pioneer and traveller Lady Jane Franklin, Mary Scott Hogarth (Charles Dickens' sister-in-law), and author Jane Loudon amongst many other.

    David Parry
    Monday 6th May
    4:34pm
  • Grand Union Canal

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    David Parry
    Monday 6th May
    4:00pm
  • The road crossing the Paddington Arm is Ladbroke Grove. To the west is Kensal Green Gas Works, with loaded lighters on the offside of the canal which most probably would've been towed up by tug from the Great Central Railway transhipment dock at Marylebone Goods Yard or Regents Canal Dock. To the east is (I believe) the Kensington Council interchange dock, where rubbish, dust, sweepings etc were loaded into wideboats and taken away for landfill in the Hillingdon area.

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    MarkyP
    Wednesday 26th December
    10:47pm
  • I can remember folk with old prams going to the Kensal Green gas works to fill up with coke to take home for their fire, houses were so cold then, no loft insulation and sash windows rattling in the wind letting in cold air, sash weights that would crash down along with the window when the old cord broke, so you would have to prop the window up with a broom handle until it could be repaired!

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    mack22
    Tuesday 26th February
    9:42pm
  • Top left corner is St.John's church. To it's right the white building was called 'haunted house' by local children. It was rather delapidated and later replaced by the telephone exchange.

    In the Gas Light & Coke Company's yard can be seen a large pile of coke. This could be sold on to the general public.

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    Brian C.
    Friday 24th August
    9:57am
  • I wonder how many town gas works sold the by-product on only locally, and how many were connected by rail head to supply a wider market? Or am I imagining that coke produced in town gas works was sold on to larger industrial concerns and moved about the country?

    Katy

    Katy Whitaker
    Saturday 29th December
    10:25pm

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Historical Background

Kensal Green Cemetery
Many monuments as well as The Dissenters Chapel are Listed by English Heritage. Here follow some examples:

The Dissenters' Chapel & Catacombs
A short extract from The National Heritage List for England (http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1080628):

"1831-34. By John Griffith, Surveyor to the General Cemetery Company. Portland stone, rendered brick walls. Ionic tetrastyle portico with pediment, flanked by curving three-bay wings with paired pilasters to front ... Modern single-storey extension to rear of north wing. Catacombs (partly sealed) below the chapel. History: the first purpose-built Nonconformist funerary chapel in a public cemetery. The wings were demolished in the early 1970s and reinstated in 1995-97 by English Heritage."

Tomb of Emile Blondin (Listed in 2001)
A short extract from The National Heritage List for England (http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1389232):

"Also Known As: Tomb of Jean Francois Gravelet ... By McDonald and Leslie, masons (signed). Pink Peterhead granite and Carrara marble monument. ... IHS monogram in star between two inset facing marble portrait reliefs of Blondin and wife, formerly behind glass, with bronze surrounds; marble statue of Hope on top. History: Blondin (a.k.a. Jean-Francois Gravelet) was the celebrated showman and tightrope-walker, renowned for his crossings of Niagara Falls."

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