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From: "Geoff Heath" <>
Subject: Re: [LAN] occupation: gas maker
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 19:16:38 -0000
> I looked on the "old occupations" site but did not see this one listed.
> Several of my VAUTREYs have been listed as "Gasmakers". Most of the
> family are employed in the textile mills in some way.
> Any information, ideas, guesses?
I assume he did just that - made gas by heating coal in a closed furnace
and drawing off the resulting gas, which would be purified to remove the
tar. The coal would be turned into coke. The gas could be used for
lighting, heating or powering a gas engine. The tar was used in road
Mellor, Stockport, Cheshire
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