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Pursall and Phillips

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of Whittall Street, Birmingham, manufacturers of percussion caps.

  • 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.

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