Aerial View of Gas Works, Stone

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Date:1937 - 1939 (c.)

Description:Close up view of the town Gasworks on Crown Street, Stone. This view shows the new gasometer built in 1937. When War broke out in 1939 the Joule’s Stone Ales advertisement was painted out to try and avoid marking Stone out as a target for German air raids. Coal gasification took place in the building with the chimney bottom left.

By the late 19th century virtually every town, small or large, had a gas works where coal gasification produced ‘coal gas’ or ‘town gas’ to supply homes. Gasometers or gas holders were used to store the gas as it was produced and were once a typical feature of urban areas across the country.

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Donor ref:P2016.005.0002 (37/30357)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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