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Saturday, 8 August 2009

19th century east London chemists - transport

The one common feature of all the sites used by purchasers of salts is that they were generally on or near to navigable water - the Thames, Deptford Creek, the Bow Back Rivers, Limehouse Cut and Regents Canal are on established barge routes (Cotton via the Grand Junction Canal and Firmin via Brightlingsea). Transport by water may have been important for bulky, and liquid, ammoniacal liquor. The use by Beneke of a barge on the Regent's Canal, together with its blocking of wharf space, was noted above.

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