William Sugg & Co

Books & Papers

(This is an element of ‘Publications‘)

This is a list of the many papers written and presented by William Sugg in his lifetime. Included are some books and one by his wife, Jenny Sugg who, as the daughter of a chef, wrote possibly the first book on cooking by gas, liberally sprinkled with adverts for pieces of equipment manufactured by William Sugg & Co!

1867. Gas Manipulation by Henry Banister enlarged by William T Sugg and published by Henry Sugg 1869 Apparatus for illumination with coal gas (21 pg) Read before The Society of Engineers 3rd May.
1869 Gas Burners (20 pg) Read before the British Association of Gas Managers 2nd June
1871 Modern Street Lighting. (90 pg.)
1876 Illuminating power of coal gas. (26 pg) Minutes of Proceedings, Institute of Civil Engrs 15th Feb.
1882 The Application of gas to the lighting of Open Spaces & Large Buildings. (30 pg) Inst Civil Engrs.
1882 Gas as an illuminating Agent compared with Electricity (30 pg) Read at Inst of Civil Engrs before the Members of the Assocn of Municipal & Sanitary Engrs & Surveyors Annual Mtg
1882 Gas Burners (25 pg.) Read at the meeting of the British Assocn for the Advancement of Science.
1884 The Domestic Uses of Coal Gas (210 pg) As applied to Lighting, Cooking & Heating, Ventilation
1887 Modern Street Lighting, second edition (150 pg) (Many illustrations)
1887 Improvements in Gas Lighting. (25 pg) Lecture at the Liverpool Institute 23rd April
1889 Applying Gas to High Class Cookery (advert letter 2 pg)
1890 Art of Cooking by Gas (MJS) including instructions and menus (320 pg)
1890 Method of Testing Illuminating Power & Purity of Gas. Extracted by permission from “Instructions to Gas Examiners” as prescribed by The Metropolitan Gas Referees.
1895 Photometry: Verification of the Illuminating Power of Gas Supplied to Towns (22 pg) Read at Annual Mtg of the Incorporated Gas Institute, Edinburgh, June 1895.
1895 Ventilation and Warming (35 pg + illus) Society’s Premium, Session 1895. Society of Engineers
1896 Photometers and Standards of Light. Annual Mtg of Incorporated Gas Institute, London 1896
1904 Artificial Gas Illumination in Relation to Natural Light. (2 pg) Short Paper read at Meeting Institute of Gas Engrs 9th June.

The earliest paper given by William Sugg in 1869 to the Society of Engineers is copied below.

Apparatus Employed for Illumination with Coal Gas

Modern Street Lighting 1887
(Second Edition)

Improvements in Gas Lighting 1887

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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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