• Emsworth gas holder


    Emsworth gas holder at night Emsworth gas holder at night


    The one-acre site off Palmers Road in Emsworth, Hampshire, has had gas holders ever since 1853 when the Emsworth Gas and Coke Company was formed to provide gas to the people in the town. Emsworth’s current gas holder was manufactured by Messrs Robert Dempster at their factory in Yorkshire with each plate numbered to show its construction position. The plates were transported by rail to Emsworth station and taken to site to be erected. It was built on a huge concrete base and was used to store supplies that came from Portsmouth by train and sea, with heavy horses used to transport supplies to the gas works. 


    Will you miss me?
    We worked with local community group WemsFest to stage an event called ‘Will you miss me?’ for residents to celebrate the holder’s history and to say farewell. 
    Images of its history and a time-lapse film of a holder being dismantled were projected onto the iconic metal structure over two nights. We also funded and hosted a month-long exhibition at Emsworth Museum, and with the gas holder now gone, we passed our archive on to a local historian who hosts pop-up exhibitions for residents and community groups.


    Emsworth Gas holder Emsworth gas holder