Fakenham gas works, Hempton Road, Fakenham - North Norfolk

The gas works produced town gas from 1825 until 1965 and is now the only remaining town gas works of its kind in England. Acquired by a charity in 1983 and repaired, it was opened as a museum in 1989. Damp and ground movement are causing structural weakness to key industrial buildings and machinery. Corrosion of metalwork and metal components. Issues surrounding the condition and structural integrity of retort housing and adjacent chimney. Condition survey undertaken in January 2016 to inform future programme of repairs and consolidation. Historic England are liaising with the Trustees.

Fakenham gas works, Hempton Road, Fakenham - North Norfolk
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Fakenham gasworks
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1003908
  • Local Planning Authority: North Norfolk
  • Site Type: Commercial > Shop


  • Building Name: Fakenham gas works
  • Street Name: Hempton Road
  • County: Norfolk
  • District / Borough: North Norfolk
  • Parish: Fakenham
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Broadland
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Occupied/in use
  • Priority: B - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: B
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, part in CA