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The Gas Company is Born - It was on the 27th January 1854 that a dozen or so men met in the Hope Tavern, now called the Hope Hotel on Marine Parade Southend on Sea. They decided to hold a meeting to discuss the prospects of forming a company that would bring gas lighting to the town.
Southend had a population at this time of around 8,000, and visitors were making it a  favourite destination especially with a railway expected soon, these holidaymakers would hope to enjoy the same brilliant gas-lit streets and houses they enjoyed in London.


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