Posted 12 August 2011 - 06:05 PM
"The vanished hamlet" by E. A. Bird states that it was Fields factory that had the explosion on 14th Sept 1916 - they were employed in manufacturing TNT. The explosion was in the main factory, the office building was completely destroyed and a large section of factory wall facing the river was demolished. Some rubble landed on & damaged neighbouring cottages, but a lot of the masonry fell into the river and for some time the jetty was unusable. For a short while this site also produced poison gas.
This book also mentions another factory at Rainham Ferry engaged in war work called TYKPE & KING.
In the various editions of Kelly's(1890, 1904, 1906, 1912, 1917, 1922, 1926, 1933, 1939) and in 1917 there are 3 factories mentioned:
SALAMON & Co. Ltd - chemical manufacturers, Ferry Road
J.C. & J FIELD, Ltd. - candle manufacturers, Rainham Ferry
Frederick S HEMPLEMAN & Co - artificial manure manufacturers, Rainham Ferry
Salamon appears in much earlier editions (but still at the same locations) - the 1890 volume lists the former as a sulphate of ammonia manufacturer & tar distillers (they appear in successive editions and by 1939 they are described as creosote manufacturers),
Hempleman also appears in the 1890 edition as dried blood, fish, & guano manures manufacturers but after 1917 they don't appear at all in any of the later volumes - blown up?
Fields are listed in 1904 as candle & soap manufacturers and are there until 1933.
In 1899 & 1904 there is Henry William HARVEY - described as a chemical manure manufacturer & merchant, but later listings (through the war and after) only list him as a merchant.
The 1922 directory has BIBBS Oil & Fuel (London) Ltd - manufacturers at Rainham Ferry but can't find them listed any earlier.
Once again great detective work by Jane Finnett and all I have to do now is to get a date of death for Frank Derrett.