This photograph was taken around 2010 and shows the crumbling facade of the former Lancaster Gas Works. The facade has sans serif lettering and numerals that detail the date of both the establishment of the works and its redevelopment.These elements sit below the coat of arms of Lancaster, which is itself set between ornate scrolls with inset floral motifs.
The works were constructed by the Lancaster Gaslight Company in 1826; later incorporated in 1856 as the Lancaster Gas Company. Located on the Quay, coal, from which the gas was extracted, could be delivered from the river to the works. The company had other buildings and a gas holder on Moor Lane, and a showroom in Market Square (currently occupied by a bakery). The ‘re-erected 1859’ details on the facade presumably refer to this later period of redevelopment. In 1880, the company was bought by the Lancaster Corporation and the works expanded. Later the holdings were nationalised and became part of the Lancaster and Morecambe Group of the Northwest Gas Board.
Sadly, the remains of the works were recently demolished, and another piece of Lancaster’s history along the Quay is turned to rubble. The stonework containing the lettering and numerals has been retained and is currently sitting close to the site (thanks to Graham Hibbert – @Kisa – for this bit of information).
I took a walk down the Quay today (24th March 2014) and took a photo of the remains. I’ve sent an enquiry to the Museum to ask if they are aware of what is to happen to them and it seems enquiries are now being made. Hopefully, we won’t seen these sold to a salvage yard.
Location: St George’s Quay, Lancaster, UK.