Southall Gas holder

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Newage

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Hi All

First off this is not an explore, it`s just documenting our history soon to be a housing estate.

The massive blue gas holder at the side of the railway line just to the west of Southall station is no more, the iconic structure has stood there for decades empty and disused and now a thing of the past as it makes way for a new housing development.

The gas works was set up by the Brentford gas company back in 1869. It was required to meet rapidly increasing demand in Middlesex, which outstripped the capacity of the company's original works on the Thames at Brentford.

The large "Blue gas holder" was No5 and was built in the early 1930`s, it had a storage capacity of 7,500,000 cubic feet (210,000 m3)and was a "Waterless holder".

Number5 also had a very large "LH" and "Arrow" painted on one side to help pilots identify London Heathrow when on final approach, this was painted on the side in 1964 (after the second incident) the first being in 1960 when a PanAm 707 landed at RAF Northolt by mistake.

Below are a series of pictures starting from early 2018 up until Jan 2019.

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Thanks for looking.
All comments are most welcome

Cheers Newage
 

Newage

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If you look at the pictures from the bottom to the top they just get bigger and bigger - strange that :)
I know a few boys got in there a few years ago.

Cheers Newage
 

stu8fish

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Shame its gone. We failed here a few years ago, even offered the secca £20 to have a look round but no luck. People with principles eh!
 

zombizza

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Thats gutting.
I loved the feeling of being in that space.
Always planned on going back.
Oh well
 

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