February 27, 2012
I love the smell of coal tar in the morning...
On Cimitere Street, you'll find the outer supports for one of the former gas cells for the gasworks complex. My understanding is that gas was extracted from coal via heating, in a process known (rather whimsically) as "coal gasification".
When the innards of this gas cell was demolished in the middle of last decade, there was a rather strong lingering smell of coal-tar - the main by-product of gasification - for quite a few months. Not the most unpleasant smell in the world to some of us weirdos!