The Real Story behind the Gas Lamps & Lamplighters in Mary Poppins Returns.

A recent Disney film shown in the UK at the beginning of 2019 reprises the well-loved story of Mary Poppins for the next generation and sets it in the 1930’s. The chimney sweeps of London have been replaced by lamplighters. Much of the film illustrated lamplighters prancing about with large flaming lamplighter’s torches with huge […]

200 Years of Gas Supply 1792-1992

This publication was produced by British Gas Scotland for British Gas plc in 1992 as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary although it has to be said that there are several ‘start dates’ for the industry! However, as there is a great connection with Scotland, I am sure those who would like to learn […]

Royal Wedding – Spot the William Sugg lamps at Windsor!

Nearly everyone watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on that beautiful sunny Saturday 19th May 2018, but how many of you spotted those wonderful original William Sugg lamps that you can also see in the section on Special Street Lamps for Royal Premises. These pictures were just snatched off the television and the […]

The first experiment of the public use of gas lights in 1807.

This is a transcript of the account of the first experiment of the public use of gas lighting for which William Sugg stated his grandfather Thomas Sugg had “made the first gas pipes and fitted Carlton House”. It also explains in the second paragraph the difference in the date of 21st January 1807 stated by […]

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.

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

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 […]

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 […]