Explosion at Chemical Works of Messrs Bush & Co

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Date Photo Taken 8th April 1933
Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 Illustrated London News
Picture Reference Mit_​Org_​Events_​8-1
Original Format Print
Notes / History Aerial view showing damaged houses in Belgrave Road following the explosion at the manufacturing chemists of Messrs Bush & Co. The factory was at the rear of the road and suffered most of the damage. Sightseers arrived from surrounding districts as the 7am explosion had been heard and felt over much of South London, and was reported by the national as well as the local press.

The explosion was due to a tank of methylated spirits boiling over and igniting, and injured twenty three people while one twelve year old resident of Belgrave Road was killed. The chemical works was distilling peppermint and lavender following a long Mitcham tradition of distilling perfumes from lavender and other plants.

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