Duddell Street Gas lamps – last working gas street lamps in Hong Kong

“The exact year in which the flight of grantite steps at the southern end of Duddell Street in Central was constructed is not known, but a series of maps of Hong Kong from the period indicate that they came into existence between 1875 and 1889. According to the records of the Hong Kong and China Gas Co., the four gas lamps at the top and bottom of the steps have been the only surviving working gas street lamps in Hong Kong since 1967.

Duddell Street Gas Lamps Image AMO

Courtesy: AMO

Two-light Rochester models made by Suggs and Co., the gas lamps were designed in a shorter length than was standard at the time in order to allow them to be mounted on the parapets of the steps. Originally lit manually, they are now operated automatically.” (1)

Incidentally Duddell Street is named after George Duddell who was a Government auctioneer.

The image shown on the Home Page comes courtesy of gwulo.com


  1. Duddell Street steps and gas lamps on gwulo.com
  2. What’s the History of the Duddell Street Gas Lamps? SCMP 11th November 2015
  3. Heritage gas lamps that ‘witnessed Hong Kong’s development’ remain in disrepair after Typhoon Mangkhut SCMP 30th December 2018


  1. “Duddell Street Steps & Gas Lamps”. Antiquities and Monuments Office, Government of Hong Kong

This article was first posted on 2nd November 2017.

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