Advert for the South Metropolitan Gas Company
Medium: Print on paper
The South Metropolitan Gas Company was based on the Old Kent Road in London. It was taken over by Deptford industrialist George Livesey in the 1870s and he developed the business into London’s main supplier of heat and light. Livesey was a charismatic businessman who had run gas factories in Greenwich and Deptford, and who felt it was important that his employees worked and lived in good conditions. Thus he introduced a scheme that enabled South Metropolitan employees to share in company profits. He also built a library for local people on the Old Kent Road, which is now the Livesey Museum.