Explosion at Chemical Works of Messrs Bush & Co

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Date Photo Taken 30th March 1933
Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 Keystone View Company
Picture Reference Mit_​Org_​Events_​8-14
Original Format Photo
Notes / History Backs of houses in Belgrave Road with extensive damage from an explosion
at the Chemical Works of Messrs Bush & Co.

Messrs Bush & Co. manufactured perfumes under the trading name of Potter & Moore which had a history in Mitcham dating back to the lavender growing of the 19th century. The 7am explosion on the 30th March 1933 damaged up to 200 properties and most of those in Belgrave Road had to be demolished.

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.

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