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Pursall and Phillips

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of Whittall Street, Birmingham, manufacturers of percussion caps.

See William Pursall and John Phillips

c.1856 George Kynoch joined Pursall and Phillips of Whittall Street, Birmingham, manufacturers of percussion caps.

1859 Catastrophic explosion at the company on September 27th, killed 19 of its 70 employees including children, gravely injuring many others, devastating the factory and damaging the surrounding area.

1861 Mr Pursall applied for and was granted permission to build a powder magazine and percussion cap manufactory on a 4 acre site at Witton, a country hamlet in a safer location.

1862 George Kynoch took over the Pursall and Phillips business, which became G. Kynoch and Co.

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