Esoteric London

No. 953: Fleet Street, EC4

Posted in Architectural, London Labour by esotericlondon on October 23, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_5156 copy

Fleet Street, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Dickens’s Dictionary of London, An Unconventional Handbook – Charles Dickens [Jr.], 1882:

GAS BURNERS.—The argand and fishtail burners, made by Sugg, of Westminster, and supplied by all respectable gasfitters, are on questionably the best. It is often supposed that if a good fishtail or flat flame burner is employed, it burns equally well whatever shape of globe be used; this is not the case, the best form of globe is spherical, with a large opening, say 3 ¼  in. at the bottom, and 3 ½  in. at thc top. Melon or pine shaped globes are bad, saucer-shaped are still worse.