The first form of gas light was developed by the Chinese who collected natural gas in skins to use for illumination. William Murdoch experimented with gas for lighting in the 18th century and a German inventor Friedreich Winzer patented lighting using coal gas in 1804. Many entrepreneurs and inventors started using gas lighting on private premises around this time but the first public street lighting powered by gas in the UK was in London's Pall Mall in 1807. In 1812, a charter was granted by Parliament to the London and Westminster Gas Light and Coke Company to help forward the use of gas for domestic and public use. The swift spread of the use of gas for lighting from Europe to the Us was made possible by a number of patented processes for manufacturing gas and new methods of storage and distribution.
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