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Beckton is the site of the great gas-works of the Chartered Company, and lies on the left bank of the river, near Barking. These works are one of the curiosities of London, but can only be inspected by order from the Board, whose chief office is in Horseferry-road. By rail from Liverpool-street and FenchurchStreet, 1st 1/3, 1/9 ; 2nd, -/11, 1/4; 3rd, -/8, -/11.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879
see also W.J.Gordon in article The Lighting of London - click here