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

3:10pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

By Rebecca Perring

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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