Bromley-by-Bow gasholders (all seven Grade II-listed, 1872, Clark & Kirkham)
Surrounded by industrial development on the banks of the River Lea in East London is a patch of seven Victorian gasholders. Originally built as eight (one was destroyed by a bomb in the Second World War), they were constructed in 1872 and all seven are Grade II-listed. They are best viewed as an imposing group from the train from Bromley-by-Bow to West Ham as the tracks run just alongside, though the intricate detail of the ironwork can only be appreciated up close. They have been left unused for many years and are showing signs of decay.
Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, said: “The group value of so many Victorian gasholders packed together is unmatched anywhere else in the world, making the Bromley-by-Bow gasholders a true symbol for the Industrial Revolution and historically of high significance. The longer they are left fenced off with no purpose, the more they are at-risk from demolition which would be a huge loss to East London’s industrial heritage.”