The Liverpool Gas Company

The Liverpool Gas Company

In 1816 The Liverpool Gas Light Company was created by Jonathan Varty, a local coach builder, and an engineer by the name of John Hargreaves. The company started to supply gas after receiving a Charter of Incorporation by Act of Parliament in 1818. One of the company’s responsibilities was lighting up the Town Hall with gas.

In 1823 the rival Liverpool Oil Gas Company was created by an Act of Parliament to produce gas from oil only. In 1834 this restriction was lifted and the company was allowed to make gas from coal as well.

The next 25 years saw a bitter rivalry between these two gas companies. In 1848, following a campaign to lower gas prices, an Act of Parliament resulted in the amalgamation of the two companies to form The Liverpool United Gas Light Company.

In 1876 the Liverpool Gas Fittings Company Ltd. was created to deal with supply, fitting and meter fixing.

In 1914 The Liverpool United Gas Light Company changed its name to The Liverpool Gas Company. The company’s area of supply was extended and it expanded by taking over several local gas companies.

When the UK gas industry was nationalised in 1949 The Liverpool Gas Company became part of the North West Gas Board.