Sulphate of ammonia storehouse, Birchenwood Colliery, Kidsgrove

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Date:1913

Description:A by-product of coke ovens, sulphate of ammonia is used as a fertiliser. Frequent and prolonged exposure to the it can cause gastrointestinal problems and skin and eye irritation. There is no evidence of any health and safety precautions in this photograph.

Birchenwood colliery opened in the 1890s, most of the coal being used for coke and other by-products. The colliery actually closed in 1932, but coke and other by-product production continued by using coal from other collieries. However this production also ceased in May 1973.

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Donor ref:PA11601 (22/42555)

Source: Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme

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