Bonnington chemical works (1822–1878): pioneer coal tar company

  title={Bonnington chemical works (1822–1878): pioneer coal tar company},
  author={Beverley F. Ronalds},
  journal={The International Journal for the History of Engineering \& Technology},
  pages={73 - 91}
  • B. Ronalds
  • Published 2 January 2019
  • History
  • The International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology
Established in 1822 to process the coal tar and ammoniacal liquor residues of the Edinburgh gasworks, the Bonnington Chemical Works was an early and unusual facility in an era when coal gas residues were generally regarded as a burden. Its special place in the history of fossil fuel chemical manufacture has gone unnoticed and its operations have not been analysed previously, despite there being considerable source material. Here the lifecycle of the plant is explored in detail to understand its… 

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