PETITION TO ST WILLIAM HOMES TO SAVE THE BETHNAL GREEN GASHOLDERS

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The two gasholders on the Regents Canal are under threat from a development by St William Homes (Berkeley Homes and National Grid). The smaller No. 2 gasholder was built in 1866, the larger No. 5 gasholder in 1888-9.  

We the undersigned are alarmed at the prospect of the No. 2 gasholder’s columnar guide frame being demolished. And want the earliest and most ‘classical’ surviving example of its type in the world retained and conserved in situ on its original in-ground brick tank; so that the structural integrity and significance of the world’s second oldest surviving gasholder is preserved for present and future generations.

We want the No. 5 gasholder’s lattice guide frame to be retained and conserved in situ on its original in-ground concrete tank; so that the structural integrity and significance of the magnificent gasholder (built by the world-renowned local firm of Samuel Cutler & Sons of Millwall) is preserved for present and future generations.

We also want the roller carriages from the gasholder’s removed bells to be relocated at the bases of the guide rails: so that, with the help of interpretation boards, present and future generations would be able to understand how the up and down movements of the telescopic bells were guided and supported by the guide frames.