Comet Igniter explained!

The Horstmann Comet Igniter in conjunction with the clock controller provided an automatic means of switching on (and off) and lighting the street lamps so finally doing away initially with the lamplighter and, after the later invention of the Comet igniter, the permanent pilot. It is a clever device that is explained here: Comet Igniter.

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1920’s Beautiful Lamp Sketches

These pictures are all in a large album that hasn’t seen the light of day for a very long time! They were presumably part of the design decision process. They have been added as a flip book to the ‘Publications’ section

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A Genuine Sugg Lambeth lamp found in a Church in Devon

If you would like to see an original Lambeth lamp up close, all you have to do is visit the Church of St Michaels in Beer. Read the whole story at the end of ‘Location Pictures.’

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Factory Bomb Damage in WW2

Some truly amazing pictures have recently come to light (2015) showing the bomb damage to the Westminster factory in the ‘blitz’ of 1941.They are in History – Section 4 and wind down. They can all be enlarged twice. Click for the first size and then click on the symbol top right for maximum size to look at the staggering detail!

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Continuous Updraught Ventilators

Following a comment from a researcher that the ‘Liverpool Mercury’ 4 Sept 1890 stated that “Messrs.William Sugg and Co. exhibited a patent apparatus for ventilating stables, ships, &c. The ventilator, which allows no down-draught, has been tried upon the Wallasey boat Violet, and is about to receive a trial from the Mersey Railway Company.” The author of the comment wondered if I had any information on these ventilators which I have now added to the only other section on Ventilation which relates to the older Sun Lights or Sunburners. Although these Updraught Ventilators do NOT use a gas flame to achieve ventilation they are sometimes used in conjunction with sun burners hence I have decided to retain them in the Ventilating Lamps & Sun Burners section.

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Victoria Station relit by gas in 1905.

The Gas Light & Coke Company were so proud of having won the contract to light the New Victoria Station in London against the competition of electricity in 1905 that they produced this brochure – with photos by gas light – to trumpet their success. The use of high pressure incandescent gas lighting was making quite a come back against the fearsome arc lamps which were the only offering of the electricians for the lighting of large spaces.

Read all about it under ‘Advertising‘ in the ‘Publications’ section.

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Early Photo Collection

These photographs were assembled in two albums dated October 1881 by Wm S.Wright. They illustrate many products and items such as glassware and were clearly the basis for many items within the general title of Publications. Early Photo Collection.

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Patents & Medals

This sub section has been added to the ‘Publications’ sections as they are both an integral part of how William Sugg promoted his business and are worthy visual additions to the site. Patents & Medals.

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Flip Page Added

The first ‘flip page’ has been added today! Find it on the Home page. It is the whole of the Centenary Booklet. Just click on the arrows to turn the pages. You can enlarge the pages and also view the booklet without the website background. Others will doubtless follow!

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New Section – Market Place.

This section is offered as a Market Place, especially for enthusiasts to view genuine gas lighting products that others wish to know about, to exchange, swap, buy or sell. Other gas products may be considered but this is NOT a site for unrelated general items. However, relevant literature, books, written information and even photographs may be included.

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