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Cosawes Explosive Factory (United Kingdom)

Gunpowder was imported into Cornwall until 1808 when the first Cornish gunpowder factory opened: at Cosawes Wood, Perran-ar-Worthal, about 5 miles from Falmouth. The site at Cosawes and at other works - such as the one at nearby Kennall Vale which followed in 1813 - were chosen for their seclusion in wooded river valleys. This ensured both the availability of water power and the relative safety of nearby settlements, shielded as they were by the trees. The roofs of the factory buildings were also designed to blow off relatively harmlessly in the event of an explosion

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