Explosion at Chemical Works of Messrs Bush & Co
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|Date Photo Taken||30th March 1933|
|Copyright 1||Keystone View Company|
|Notes / History||Backs of houses in Belgrave Road following a chemical explosion at a perfume factory which operated under the name Potter and Moore. The factory was stationed on 3 acres of land behind Belgrave Road and the explosion, which was caused by methylated spirit boiling over, damaged over 200 houses.
During the 19th & early 20th century, Mitcham & Merton were home to a number of factories producing noxious and volatile substances from paint and varnish to chemicals and oils. These industries posed a double threat to public health in terms of pollution and injuries resulting from accidents.