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National Grid donates Crow Lane manufacturer plaques to Havering Museum

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 September 2018

Gareth Taylor from the National Grid and Chloe Branwhite from the Havering Museum.

Gareth Taylor from the National Grid and Chloe Branwhite from the Havering Museum.

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To commemorate the contribution of a former gasworks site to Romford's history the National Grid has donated three plaques to Havering Museum.

The 1960 gasholder plaque on display at Havering MuseumThe 1960 gasholder plaque on display at Havering Museum

Havering Museum has received three manufactures plaques conserved from the National Grid’s Crow Lane gasholder site in Romford.

Two of the donated plaques are now on permanent display as part of the museum’s newly relaunched Romford exhibition which celebrates the social history of the area.

Gareth Taylor, land regeneration manager from the National Grid said: “The former gasworks site contributed significantly to Romford’s history and we’re very pleased to be preserving a part of that and celebrating it through its inclusion in Havering Museum’s Romford exhibition.

“The Museum tells the story of the area’s history, from key events and industries to notable people, so it’s fantastic to see the plaques form

The former gasholders at Crow LaneThe former gasholders at Crow Lane

part of that and to bring the plaques back to the community.”

Romford’s association with the gas industry dates back to the early 19th century and the two plaques on display are dated 1938 and 1960.

In the late 20th century, the way in which gas was stored changed and as a result the Crow Lane gasworks site ceased activity on August 26, 1976.

The National Grid recently dismantled the redundant gasholders at the Crow Lane site and the preserved plaques have been restored and brought to the public.

“The Museum is proud to display these iconic artefacts of Romford’s social history,” said Chloe Branwhite, head of collections at the Havering Museum.

“Visitors can now learn more about this important part of our area’s heritage and future generations will be able to remember Romford’s contribution to the gas industry.”

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