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The Beatles take London
The Beatles take London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

29th January 2009 The London Astoria's last ever gig prior to demolition.go to related location

29th January 1996 6,138th performance of Cats is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, A Chorus Line

29th January 1944 285 German bombers attack London

29th January 1850 Born today: Ebenezer Howard, London, pioneer of garden cities

29th January 1798 Born today: Henry Neele, London, poet

29th January 1728 John Gays' Beggar's Opera, premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]

Beckton Gasworks: FMJ



Beckton Gasworks: FMJ

Beckton's disused industrial gasworks set for Full Metal Jacket

Location: Royal Docks Road, East Ham, London

Description: Beckton Gasworks opened in London in 1870, and was the largest gasworks in Europe. The site included Retort House, homes for gas workers and their families, and a huge jetty constructed on cast-iron columns for unloading coal. This 19th-century iron capital comes from Retort House which was badly damaged by bombs during the Second World War.

The name Beckton does not originate from the area. It came from Simon Adam Beck. He was the first governor of the Gaslight & Coke Company which owned the works.

East London suffered a major industrial decline during the 1960s. Beckton Gasworks closed in 1969 and lay derelict for many years. During this time, it became a popular location for filming. One of the most famous to be filmed there was Stanley Kubrick's Hollywood epic, Full Metal Jacket.


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Beckton Gasworks: FMJ

Beckton's disused industrial gasworks set for Full Metal Jacket


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