Gas Works


An ancient part of East-the-Water, an old trackway was once uncovered here. In 1758, Folly Field on the hill above, became a camp for over a thousand French prisoners of war.

South of Nutaberry Hill lay gasworks, with gasometers. Its towering gas ‘retort’ (where combustion occurs), was narrowly missed, in 1945, when Canadian Wellington bomber, “P” Peter, crashed in fields beyond.

Just south of here was a busy timber mill, and, during World War I, Belgian refugees, at Kynoch’s adjacent munitions plant, used its wood as a first step to producing cordite.

To the north, the shore saw 18th C. shipbuilding and connections with 19th C. gravel bargemen, whilst the river-facing, ‘back to front,’ cottages on Torridge Place are 19th C., the remainder were added later.

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