Model of the City Gasworks

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Model of the City Gasworks

The gasworks, operated by the Exeter Gas and Coke Company, stood beside the canal at Haven Banks. Coal was brought to the site by rail and deposited in the square compound to the right. It was then carried by conveyors to the top of the retort (the tall red-brick building with chimneys) where gas and other by-products were extracted from it. It was then fed through the grey building at the rear of the site and deposited as coke in heaps on the left. The gas was stored in the three gas holders. This model shows the site as it was in the 1950s or early 1960s, before it became obsolete with the introduction of North Sea gas in the 1970s.

Acknowledgments: Peter Edwards RAM Museum