London’s Last Gas Street Lamps

I saw this video and was fascinated to learn that London still has gas lamps, a total of 1,500 to be exact.

British Gas, who look after the lamps, said:

“200 are in private hands, while responsibility for the other 1,300 lies in the hands of just four employees of British Gas. They have a territory ranging from Richmond Bridge to Bromley-by-Bow, although it’s mainly concentrated around Westminster and Covent Garden.

We met up with two of the gas lamp lighters, responsible, not only for keeping the gas lamps alight, but also for maintaining and cleaning them. That includes fixing them when they’re struck by vehicles.”

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About the Author: Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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