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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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16 of 17  Fri 12th Oct 2018 2:06pm  
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The gas indoor lighting came to us in the late 1920's, the gas metre's a little later but they weren't very clever about it, they brought about a inch dia; pipe up the corner wall to the ceiling, then a smaller pipe along the front wall ceiling to halfway along the wall, and another pipe from there to the centre of the room to the gas light, dirty black pipes just tacked to were needed, later they tacked the gas meter to the inch pipe in the corner of the room. When they brought out the new gas stoves (ovens) early 30's I believe they built a new gas showrooms. question is did they have the monopoly on both gas and electric,? In the early thirties women queued up at the Gas showrooms for the new gas appliance, then they queued again for them to be changed to Electric a few years later then in the fifties when we had all those electric cut outs with out warning and hundreds of dinners were spoilt they queued even more to go back to gas, but as far as I remember only at the gas showrooms? Sorry Mods we don't seem to have a gas show room topic.
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covgirl
wiltshire
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17 of 17  Fri 12th Oct 2018 8:02pm  
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I remember the gas lamps in our street, it was a softer yellowish light, and a man came round with his ladder to clean the glass and change something inside, not sure what. My mother told me there had been a man who came round and lit them all every night but that was before the war. We still had gas lighting in the house as well as a single electric light in the centre of the downstairs rooms, no electric upstairs, lighting by candles, and this was the early 50's - the gas lamps came out of the house about 1958, and electric lighting upstairs at the same time.
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