Poster advertising a meeting to discus lighting a town by gas, 21 January 1854.
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Broadsheet notice advertising a meeting to discus the 'propriety and posibility' of lighting the town of Berkeley, Gloucestershire with gas. The first gas street lights in England were introduced in Pall Mall in 1807 by F A Winsor and by the mid 19th century gas light was in use acros the country. Initially, the use of gas was unpopular with the general public, due to its unpleasant smell. Prior to gas lighting, the streets were lit by oil lamps. Taken from a collection of prints and books documenting the early history of the gas industry amased by Sir Arthur Elton.