Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company (1)

Gas Works c1900
Title Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company
Date c1900
Location Yeadon
Photo ID K902
Comment I just thought that I would open with this lovely photograph taken on a glass slide by Ernest E Slater and titled ‘Put A Penny In The Slot’ and shows a man with a trolley. On the trolley is a bag of the type used by gas meter readers when homes had coin fed meters for gas/electricity which were emptied at regular intervals. This would explain the cryptic description. In the background are goods wagons on a railway embankment, possibly on Henshaw Lane. Editor: Jack Brayshaw.
Gas Works 1927

C020 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1927.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1927

Aerial view of the gas works. The Yeadon and Guiseley Gas Company was formed in 1845 with a capital of £6,000 which was raised by public subscription as a share investment, the first Chairman was Richard Barwick of Low Hall.
In 1851 the gas works provided a supply to 386 customers in the area. Initially the supply was to factories, offices and large private homes.

On the left is New Road Side, the junction with Henshaw Lane is in the top left corner. Gill Lane joins Henshaw Lane a third of the way down on the left edge and runs towards the bottom right corner.

The large property on Gill Lane was called Symcroft.

Gas Works 1927

C022 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1927.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1927

Aerial view of the gas works owned by the Yeadon and Guiseley Gas Company, looking across New Road Side with Gill Lane on the right.
The house to the right of the gas works was called Symcroft.

In the bottom left corner is the junction with Henshaw Lane, the Woolpack Hotel is the end building on the right of the row facing New Road Side.
The hotel faces out onto the ground in front of it with the gable end facing the road.

To the right of the Woolpack Gill Lane continues (New Road Side splits Gill Lane into two halves) then sweeps round to join Henshaw Lane (out of view).

The houses in the bottom right corner are Dinsdale Buildings.

Gas Works Undated

Z499 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, Undated.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – Undated

Part of the gas works, looking towards the bottom of Henshaw Lane where the large building just left of centre was the old Church School. The building still stands and is used by Economy Spares business.

Gas Works Undated

K273 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, Undated.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – Undated

St. John’s Church can be seen in the right background, the gasworks are in the foreground.

Gas Works 1930

K277 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1930.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1930

An aerial view of the gasworks, New Road (A65) runs diagonally towards the left. Henshaw Lane is seen in the top left corner with Warm Lane junction near the left edge. Warm Lane continues down, crossing New Road then past the gasworks.

Gas Works 1927/1975

N481 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1927/1975.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1927 / 1975

An aerial view of the gasworks and a photo taken when demolition began.

Gas Works 1934

C024 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1934.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1934

In 1934 renovations were carried out at the gas works, this new brick-built retort house bore the motto “EX TERRA LUCEM” which means “Light from the earth” This landmark building was visible from New Road Side, the wording was formed by missing out bricks in appropriate places, it was also a means of ventilation.

Gas Works 1934

C025 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1934.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1934

Coke bagging area, coke was a by-product from the production of towns or mains gas, when coal had been used for gas extraction the coke was left at the end of the process.

Gas Works 1935

C023 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1935.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1935

Eight men who were Directors of the gas works.

Gas Works 1935/39

E585 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1935/39.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1935/9

1935/39: Aerial view of the gasworks, New Road runs diagonally from left to right. The name Yeadon had been painted on the gasometer as a landmark for aircraft, it would have been painted over when war broke out in 1939.

Gas Works Undated

PU091A – Queen Street, Yeadon, Undated.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – Undated

Though the following two photographs have nothing really to do with the Gas Company I thought that they deserve a place here. I hope you think so too. Editor. Jack Brayshaw. Two evocative images of what was reputedly the last remaining gas street lamp in Yeadon. The slightly eerie views show part of Queen Street Chapel to the left and the clock face on the Town Hall glows through the trees in the left foreground when the lamp is seen from a different perspective.

Donated by Barbara Winfield.

To view Queen Street Chapel – Click Here.

Gas Works Undated

PU091B – Queen Street, Yeadon, Undated.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – Undated

As above.

Gas Works 1979

JH088 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1979.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1979

The Gas Works offices were located on New Road (A65)

Gas Works 1983

FB075 – Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company, 1983.

Yeadon & Guiseley Gas Company – 1983

This building was at the rear of JCT600 garage and behind the electric sub-station at the bottom of Henshaw Lane.

Donated by Dennis Court.

Previous Comments:

teleg
On the other side of the gas works was a sign which always confused me as a child. It read Gas, your obedient servant but take a way the comma and the message is very ambiguous. I remember going down to the Gas works for a bag of coke when I was very young and hauling it back up Henshaw Lane in a wheelbarrow.
25 June 2013.

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 03 July 2021.
Last updated: 04 July 2021.

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