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W. Brunton and Co

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Safety-fuse makers, of Penhellick Safety-Fuse Works, near Camborne

and of Cambrian Fuse Works, Lodge, Wrexham, N. Wales.(1922)

William Brunton (1817-1881) invented a fuse-making machine to improve the quality of manufacture. He did not patent the machine but kept it secret. This development proved to be of great service to the mining world, for, while producing an improved article, its introduction at once reduced the selling price of fuse by 75 per cent.

c.1847 According to the autobiography of Richard Tangye, James Tangye, and later his brother Joseph, were employed by Brunton to make the machinery for the manufacture of safety-fuse.

1881 The factories producing the fuse, in Cornwall and in North Wales, were both still in operation at the time of William's death.

1922 Still in operation in Cornwall and North Wales.

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