The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
Gas Light and Coke Company.
This is the most extensive, and, perhaps, the very best establishment of the kind in the metropolis.
This company may be said to owe its origin to Frederick Albert Winsor, who made a public exhibition of the effect of gas, the evening of the king's birth-day in , on the wall between the mall and the park. Mr. Winsor, however, has long ceased to have any concern with the establishment; and since he retired an act of parliament has been obtained, by which the company is become an incorporated body; and under the very able direction of Mr. Clegg, a scientific gentleman, of great information, who came from Manchester for that purpose, the works have been greatly improved, and the most busy and active part of the city of is already illuminated by the gas produced at the gasometer in . The premises are very extensive, and the gasometers are protected from the weather by strong brick buildings.
The farthest extremity of the city of is at Mill-bank, a long row of houses, some of them very neat, extending along the south west bank of the Thames, and looking over to the county of Surrey, where the venerable palace of presents itself as an object of great interest and importance in the annals and history of this country.
In the reign of queen Elizabeth, Milbank was a mere marshy tract. Here is situate a house called Peterborough-house, supposed to have been built by the earl of Peterborough, in whose family it continued till the year , when it was purchased by sir Robert Grosvenor, from whom it descended to earl Grosvenor, whose family rebuilt it in its present form.
At time the Horse-ferry was of the most frequented passages over the Thames. It is in contemplation to erect a chain bridge across the river from this spot on the principles laid down by captain Brown, R. N. the architect of the chain pier, Brighton, Hammersmith-bridge, &c.