The Wandsworth and District Gas Company

The Wandsworth and District Gas Company

The Wandsworth gasworks were established in 1834 on the south bank of the Thames close to Wandsworth Bridge. The early company supplied Wandsworth, Putney and part of Battersea. The Wandsworth & Putney Gaslight and Coke Company was incorporated in 1856.

In 1912 the company amalgamated with the Mitcham & Wimbledon District Gaslight Company and the Epsom & Ewell Gas Company to form the Wandsworth, Wimbledon & Epsom District Gas Company.

In 1931 the Kingston upon Thames Gas Company and the Sutton Gas Company were acquired and the title changed to the Wandsworth & District Gas Company.

The headquarters of the company was at Fairfield Road, Wandsworth. The company owned a fleet of colliers to supply coal from the north-east of England. The SS Wandle was purchased in 1909 and became the flagship of the fleet.

Following the nationalisation of the gas industry in 1949, the Wandsworth & District Gas Company became part of the West Surrey Division of the South Eastern Gas Board.