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Cornish Mining

Innovation and Inventors



Hornblower was an engineering family who began to improve the Newcomen engine.   

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Safety fuse

Click to see a larger version of this imagecoiled safety fuse copyright the Geevor Archive

In 1831, William Bickford, a leather merchant from Tuckingmill near Camborne, invented the safety fuse.

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Click to see a larger version of this imagedynamite explosives copyright Pat Comber

By 1870 a new high explosive, dynamite, invented by Alfred Nobel, became increasingly popular.

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Comment left by johnwoodcraft on 2010-03-16 17:37:24

perhaps an early breatherliser would have been a better idea.

Comment left by Rob Rodger on 2010-05-07 15:51:01

It's amazing how some people's contributions really stand the test of time. It's a really simple concept in hindsight, but became the standard for over a century. Nowadays electronics are doing the job, but there is still a demand for safety fuse.


Comment left by interested person on 2010-10-20 19:37:34

Sorry, the information's great, but thee isn't a lot that I can find about hazardous working conditions, or the dangers of, for example, the fuses. Other than that it's a great site.


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