Photography contest offers final chance to snap Norwich’s disappearing gas holders

PUBLISHED: 00:01 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:48 17 May 2018

The gas holder which is to be demolished. Pic: National Grid.

The gas holder which is to be demolished. Pic: National Grid.

National Grid

Norwich’s last remaining gas holders will be dismantled this summer, but a new photography competition is inviting people to capture final snaps of the structures.

Paul Burall, with the panorama by John Moray-Smith. Pic: Sonya DuncanPaul Burall, with the panorama by John Moray-Smith. Pic: Sonya Duncan

The huge, 16-sided Victorian gas holder, off Gas Hill, which dates back to the 1890s and an underground one nearby are to be dismantled by the National Grid.

They have not been used to store gas since 2009 and National Grid bosses say removing them will allow the land to be used for other purposes.

Letters are being sent to hundreds of homes and businesses nearby detailing how they will be taken down, which is likely to take the best part of a year.

But, before they disappear from the city’s skyline, National Grid bosses have launched a photography competition, with people invited to snap them for the last time.

Called the Norwich Skyline Photography Competition, the initiative is open to all amateur photographers. There are two categories:

The Norwich Skyline - a photograph taken from any angle and from anywhere

Gasholders in the Skyline - a composition which includes, in any form, the gas holders in Gas Hill

The idea for the competition comes from artist John Moray-Smith’s celebrated panorama of the city. The work disappeared from public view for some years but was found and restored by the Norwich Society.

Paul Burall, from the Norwich Society, was involved in the restoration of the Moray-Smith and will be one of the judges for the Norwich Skyline Photography Competition.

He said: “The gasholders on Gas Hill have played an important part in Norwich’s industrial heritage and, while we will be sad to see them go, this competition is a great way to celebrate their contribution to the skyline.”

Entries should be submitted by midnight on Thursday, June 7. The winners will be announced at an event running from 1pm until 8pm at St Matthew’s Church in Telegraph Lane West, on Wednesday, June 20.

Prizes on offer include up to £250 of photographic equipment vouchers, courtesy of Timber Hill-based London Camera Exchange.

Information about the competition and how to enter is at

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