Horwich End Gas Works.

The building and demise of the Horwich End Gasworks. Many people now do not know it ever existed.
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#304 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

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Hello R.S-S,
Thank you for the explanation.

I thought it was a coaling plant for the loco's....but then you only get them at engine sheds. :oops:

Perhaps Norm could add a "Dunce" smiley to the collection, it looks as though it will come in handy. :lol:

Digger.


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#305 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

Just a couple of views of the gas holders.
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#306 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

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Nice pair of photos Robert, but increasing the number of photos by putting mirror images on will not do!

Seriously, good idea putting both on but which is right? I don't even know which gasholder it is, I will look into it more.


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#307 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

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I am going for the top one being correct. After comparing with the aerial view I think the Empire State building would be on the right just off this photo. Since we can't see it on the bottom photo I would say it is just off the top one.

Over to anyone else.


PS to Digger.

I would have the hat as well, I never knew how they made the gas. As a kid I just presumed it happened. They went up and down, that's all I knew. Not these, others in Manchester I saw on the way to Belle View, another world ago in a previous life.


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#310 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

A view from the railway.
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#350 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

I think this is the bottom of the retort building.
Sorry for the damage to the photo; perhaps you could glue it together again Norm?

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#351 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

Another photo of equipment in the Retort Building.
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#386 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

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R. Stephenson-Smythe wrote:I think this is the bottom of the retort building.
Sorry for the damage to the photo; perhaps you could glue it together again Norm?

R. S-S

Hello R.S-S,
I have had a go at repairing the picture. If you zoom in you can see where it gets pixelated, perhaps Norm can finish it off?
Digger.
PS I might have resized it too much, it is a bit small.
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#387 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

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Looks fine to me Digger.


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#388 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

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Well Done!
(green with envy as I would love to be able to do it)
G.J.


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#397 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

With such a huge project the Gas Company knew there would be a golden opportunity to sell there white goods products and they had enough room on the site to build the famous ‘Gas Showroom’.
This is the start of the building works.

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Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

The gas showrooms are nearly built and I wonder how many of the builders thought it would be a shop selling wedding dresses in the not too distant future (under the name of Seymour Silks).

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Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

The gas works company could never have imagined when they undertook this massive project that within a relatively short space of time North Sea gas would be discovered.
And so by the late 60’s, early 70’s their operations were at an end.
The gas holders were no longer required and the site occupied a nice piece of building and commercial usage land.
The site initially became derelict and the gas holders were no longer painted and stood towering over Horwich End like two mammoths from the ice age.
Here is the start of the end for them:

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#421 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

Further evidence of the decline of the gas holders and the site itself.

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#422 Re: Horwich End Gas Works.

Post by R. Stephenson-Smythe »

The new usage of the now ‘gone’ gasworks site.

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