William Sugg & Co

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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Site Background & Header

The background to the site is a modern picture of Westminster, the ‘home’ of William Sugg for so many years. It was taken from the roof of The House of Lords during a visit by the Heritage Group of CIBSE in 2004 and centres on Westminster Abbey. The header carries a woodcut of ‘Vincent Works’, the Sugg factory, which might well have been visible from this vantage point. William used this on one of his letter heads. The first and oldest logo also shows the intimate connection with Westminster as it carries the Westminster portcullis with the inscription ‘en avant’ – ‘in advance’. The second logo replaced the earlier one around 1920 and was used right the way through the century until the ‘modern’ era when the ‘flame’ logo was applied to the new era of gas heating equipment with the new factory in Crawley.

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