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British Commercial Gas Association

British Commercial Gas Association
One Grosvenor Place

The Executive Chairman was Sir Francis Goodenough, who set up the association in 1911, and held the post until his retirement in 1936. (Goodenough originally was in charge of the sales department of the Gas Light & Coke Company, the largest gas undertaking in the world). It was set up to represent the commerical interests of the whole gas industry.

Sir Francis Goodenough was the manager of the sales department (of the Gas Light & Coke Company.) "He took a census of the company's district to gauge its possibilities, trained a special body of salesmen, engaged women experts in domestic science to demonstrate the use of gas appliances, and advertised the company's service in the newspapers. In consquence, many other gas undertakings and gas appliance makers benefited from the company's advertising. Some actually offered to bear part of the cost. This suggested the idea that a national scheme of advertising might be floated, with contributions from gas undertakings and makers of appliances all over the country. In the discussion which followed, it became clear that there was need for a strong central body to co-ordinate other activities besides direct advertising. The result was the formation of the British Commercial Gas Association" - Public Lighting #3, 1936.

Had a stand at the APLE's 1936 Conference in Cheltenham which was arranged as an information bureau and included a display of photographs. - Public Lighting #3, 1936

Published Light On The Roads in 1937. This was issued to all gas undertakings along with the Final Report on Street Lighting by the MOT. - 1938 Advert and Public Lighting #12, 1939

Some authorities have already lit trunk roads by gas thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Transport. BCGA's latest publication is Light On The Roads which deals with the new standards of lighting on trunk and other roads, following the Report Of The Departmental Committee. Light On The Roads deals with:

  • Kind of lighting.
  • Uniformity.
  • Brightness.
  • Modernisation.
  • Specially difficult conditions.
The book expains why 800,000 public lamps are lighted by gas, and why, since 1920 the amount of gas used for public lighting has been more than doubled. - APLE Conference Programme 1939

The Gas Council's stand at the 1953 APLE exhibition in Liverpool.

By late 1945, this body had become The Gas Council.

APLE Conference Programme Glasgow 1939