Long before we had just a handful of energy companies whose prices keep on going up and up (and up!) Hoylake was serviced by its own gasworks.
The Hoylake & West Kirby gasworks (pictured) was located on the Carr Lane Industrial Estate and in 1885 the company provided gas to 125 customers. By 1915 the company had 3,319 customers.
HoylakeJunction.com reader Carolyn McCrae and her husband have kindly gone to the trouble of creating this pdf document (open here in new window) of a scanned brochure produced in 1927 by the Hoylake & West Kirby Gas and Water Co. An updated system of coal-fired gas production was officially opened on December 14, 1927.
Fred Banks, mentioned in the document and pictured below with Betsy Banks at the official opening of the new gasworks, was Carolyn’s grandfather!
Note the logo in the document for the old urban district council. I guess two of the three local landmarks are the Column in West Kirby and a local lighthouse. But was was/is the third item?