Post by Peter Post by Mike Post by Peter Post by Mike Post by Peter
He's one of the heroes of where I come from (Brum) along with Boulton
and Watt. That would have been coal gas, I suppose.
(I would imagine so. I don't _think_ anyone used "natural gas" before
the big changeover in the 1970s; I'm not sure where anyone'd have
obtained it under pressure. Natural gas - methane - was more a hazard
than useful, as "marsh gas" - on, well, marshes, and "firedamp" in
Post by Peter Post by Mike Post by Peter Post by Mike
Also referred to as ‘Town Gas’ after the gas had been extracted from the
coal, the remaining mass was known as ‘Coke’ (not for drinking of course)
and I recall our boarding school heating furnaces were fuelled with tons of
the stuff and us lads used to take it in turns to wheel wheel barrow-loads
from the stoke hole to the furnaces. Oh happy days!
My school (Barnard Castle School!) used to get through a ton (I think of
coal rather than coke) - I can't remember whether a day or a week. They
converted to a much more modern and cleaner oil-fired system. Just in
time for the oil crisis! (I'm pretty sure there was no use of boys to
move the coal around, though.)
Post by Peter Post by Mike Post by Peter
I don't think I've seen a coke fire for a long time, but I can recall
their characteristic smell, and one used to see workmen and night
watchmen warming themselves at braziers. (Or brassieres? Spelling is
not my strong point.)
I'm sure men have been known to warm their hands on brassieres, but that
wasn't their primary reason for putting them there ...
Post by Peter Post by Mike
I suspect that coke might well have been secreted in brassieres at some
I don't think Lynda ever indulged in that, sniffer though she is ...
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
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