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Memories of an industrial past

A town’s rich industrial heritage will be told for years to come thanks to a donation made by National Grid.

“The National Grid plaques will enter the museum collections and serve as a legacy of the iconic gas holders.”

Maker plates from one of three gasholders in Lancashire have been preserved by the company and handed to a town’s museum.

The cast-iron plaques weighing around 50 kilograms served as a manufacturer’s unique mark on one of the now defunct gasholders in Bolton’s Spa Road. Rather than being lost in time they will now form part of an exhibition about the town’s industrial heritage.

The donation came as National Grid started dismantling the second of three gasholders at the site where the Bolton Gas Light and Coke Co was first formed in 1818, and small site works were built in Forge Street, later known as Gas Street.

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Councillor John Byrne and National Grid Regeneration Manager Samantha Rendell have championed the legacy of the Bolton’s iconic gas holders

The site at Gas Street became the main gas making works in Bolton and in 1886 a major reconstruction took place at the site where adjoining land was for expansion. Right up to 1926 work was taking place to develop and improve the site at Gas Street, which supplied gas across Bolton.

Gasholders are no longer needed today as gas can be stored in the transmission system.

Samantha Rendell, Land Regeneration Manager at National Grid, said: “We’re proud to donate three maker’s plaques to Bolton Museum and to play our part in preserving Bolton’s industrial heritage.

“The gasholders have stood empty for years and we’re preparing the site for a better use in the future. It will be satisfying to know that the story of the Bolton gasholders will live on at the museum.”

 Councillor John Byrne, Bolton Council Cabinet Member for Youth, Sport and Culture. said: “The National Grid plaques will enter the museum collections and serve as a legacy of the iconic gas holders.”