Gasworks and Redundant Gasholders

Guidelines for their Evaluation and Recording

These guidelines for evaluating and recording England’s former gasworks and redundant gasholders are designed to inform an understanding of their significance, whilst ensuring adequate records (both above and below-ground) are made where evidence is likely to be damaged or destroyed.

Such information, gathered in a proportionate manner determined by the significance and characteristics of each site, may in some circumstances guide decisions regarding the possible retention or inclusion of historic fabric and site layout within a future redevelopment. Such an approach is also of relevance for buildings and structures, including gasholders that are to be conserved, including those where dismantling for repair may be necessary.

The guidelines also take into account the important role of community engagement and oral history projects in capturing the memories and experiences of those who worked in and lived adjacent to gasworks.


  • Introduction
  • Manufactured gas
  • Landscape settings
  • Oral history and community engagement
  • Dissemination and archiving
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix: Guide frame typology
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 42
  • Product Code: HEAG281


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