Last remnant of city's 'noisy and smelly industrial past' demolished

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Picture by Peter Wares Picture by Peter Wares

The last standing remnant of St Albans’ industrial past was demolished on Wednesday.

The two gasometers, were all that remained on the Griffiths Way gas works site, since it closed in 1971. 

The Gasworks at the bottom of Holywell Hill were opened in1826 and produced gas from coal for 140 years.

Ramsbury Road resident Peter Wares, who captured the photos you can see here, said: "I feel this is a striking and visual reminder of St Albans noisy and smelly industrial past.

"For a long time this industrial site dominated St Albans and these gasometers were the last of the industrial remains of St Albans. For that last 20 years they blended in to the scenery of the city, without the smell and noise."

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4:09pm Tue 25 Mar 14

fight rates says...

No more industry & no more jobs that went with the industry. We now need some industry to replace the jobs lost. We cannot all work as estate agents or traffic wardens.
No more industry & no more jobs that went with the industry. We now need some industry to replace the jobs lost. We cannot all work as estate agents or traffic wardens. fight rates
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9:36am Fri 28 Mar 14

cummingam says...

St Albans somehow needs to promote businesses to come to St Albans. Too many companies have shut over the last twenty years to be replaced, mainly, with housing.
St Albans somehow needs to promote businesses to come to St Albans. Too many companies have shut over the last twenty years to be replaced, mainly, with housing. cummingam
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