William Bickford

William Bickford (1774 - 1834) was born in Ashburton, Devon, England, and moved to first Truro and then Tuckingmill in Cornwall, where he worked as a currier. Tuckingmill was then in the heart of the Cornish mining industry, and Bickford would have been aware of the large loss of life from explosive accidents in the mines.

He is best known as the inventor of the safety fuse, which was inspired by watching a friend making rope. He established a factory in Tuckingmill for the production of his invention, and in its first year it produced 45 miles of fuse. His company eventually became part of the Ensign-Bickford Company.

References

[http://www.themagicofcornwall.com/Pages/history/bickford.htm Biographical Page]

[http://www.cornwall-calling.co.uk/famous-cornish-people/bickford.htm Short biography]


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