The Birmingham engineering company Taylor & Challen manufactured machinery for use in the black powder industry. Their catalogue of 1908 contained a series of images of such machinery.

Links to related sites


  • Gunpowder – Some anecdotes concerning gunpowder from the 18th Century “Gentleman’s Magazine”
  • The Saltpetre-Man – Correspondence published in 1853 relating to the role of the 17th Century saltpetre-man

Powder Mills