Advert for the Home Counties Coal Company Ltd 6918
Medium: Print on paper
Between 1855 and 1875, coal production in Britain more than doubled. The expansion of the British rail industry had been fueled by coal in the early part of the century, and now the railways returned the favour, making the distribution of coal to industry and to homes much easier and faster. Regional companies such as this one would set up depots near train stations, delivering coal directly to their customers from there.So much coal was used by Londoners in the late 19th century that the ambient temperature of the city was actually raised by three degrees Fahrenheit.