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Gas Holder at British Gas Grangetown Works

A Grade II Listed Building in Grangetown, Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4618 / 51°27'42"N

Longitude: -3.1902 / 3°11'24"W

OS Eastings: 317409

OS Northings: 174319

OS Grid: ST174743

Mapcode National: GBR KFT.MY

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.NJ97

Entry Name: Gas Holder at British Gas Grangetown Works

Listing Date: 20 August 1992

Last Amended: 18 November 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14067

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Due west of Ferry Road entrance to works, approximately 200 metres from entrance.

County: Cardiff

Community: Grangetown

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Dated 1881. Gasholder and support frame built for Cardiff Gas Light and Coke Company. Dated by inscription on plate mounted on frame, 'J & W Horton 1881 Smethwick'. Some restoration after bomb damage during Second World War.

Exterior

Shallow domed crown of holder has, at circumference, brackets with wheels running on vertical rails attached to supporting framework which consists of two tiers, each of 16 cast-iron Doric columns supporting panelled entablature blocks with cornices in the manner of Florentine C15 architecture. Upper-tier columns slightly slimmer than lower with lighter, narrower entablature blocks. Lattice girders between columns at entablature level of both tiers, and x-shaped cross-bracing between columns on both levels.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as striking C19 gasholder with literate architectural design to framework.

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