Linoleum factory destroyed by fire

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Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 London Borough of Merton
Picture Reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln168
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Photographer / Origin of Photo Tom Francis
Notes / History This picture shows the remains of Hayward's linoleum factory after a disastrous fire in the 1890s.

During the Victorian era Mitcham was home to many noxious and offensive smelling industries, from varnish and paint works, to leather tanneries and floorcloth manufacturers.

Hayward's was one of several firms producing linoleum.
This was a dangerous process involving the use of flammable materials such as oil and turpentine and the risk of fire was ever present.

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