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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

City of Westminster in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom

Frederick Winsor


Frederick Winsor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 15, 2018
1. Frederick Winsor Marker

Gave the world's first
demonstration of street
lighting by coal gas,
from a retort
located here
June 1807

Erected by City of Westminster, Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceScience & Medicine.
Location. 51° 30.383′ N, 0° 8.066′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Pall Mall and Carlton Gardens, on the left when traveling west on Pall Mall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Pall Mall, City of Westminster, England SW1Y 5NQ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eisenhower's D-Day Headquarters (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Norfolk House (about 90 meters away); Thomas Gainsborough (about 120 meters away); Nell Gwynne (about 120 meters away); Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park (1892 - 1975) (about 120 meters away);
Frederick Winsor Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 15, 2018
2. Frederick Winsor Marker - Wide View
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Memorial (about 150 meters away); Franklin (about 150 meters away); Brigade of Guards (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
Also see . . .
1. Frederick Albert Winsor (Wikipedia). "Frederick Albert Winsor, originally Friedrich Albrecht Winzer (1763 in Braunschweig, Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel – 11 May 1830 in Paris) was a German inventor, one of the pioneers of gas lighting in the UK and France....Winsor went to Britain before 1799 and became interested in the technology and economics of fuels. In 1802 he went to Paris to investigate the 'thermo-lamp' which French engineer Philippe Lebon had patented in 1799. Returning to Britain, he started a gasworks and in 1807 lit one side of Pall Mall, London, with gas lamps. In 1804-09 he was granted various patents for gas furnaces and purifiers. His application to Parliament for a charter for the Gas Light and Coke Company having failed, Winsor once more moved to France, but in Paris his company made little progress and was liquidated in 1819...." (Submitted on April 25, 2018.) 

2. Early days (National Gas Museum). "In 1807, he demonstrated
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the use of gas to light streets, in London’s Pall Mall and in 1812 he obtained a Royal Charter to build the world’s first public gas works, which opened in Westminster in 1813. Gas lighting proved so popular that, within 15 years, almost every large town in Britain, as well as major cities in Europe, North America and beyond, had a gas works. The Company which Winsor founded, the Gas Light and Coke Company, continued to supply most of London’s gas until the industry was nationalised in 1949." (Submitted on April 25, 2018.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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