Peruvian Guano Works

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Anglo-Continental Guano Works Ltd began as the Peruvian Guano Works in 1873 in Silvertown, with other locations in Hamburg, Antwerp, and Emmerich-on-Rhine, all owned by the Germany company Ohlendorff & Co (West Ham: Industries, 1973). In 1883 it was announced that the Peruvian Guano Works was being overtaken by Anglo-Continental (Times October 27, 1883). In 1886 Anglo-Continental signed a contract which gave them the exclusive right of importing and selling guano that was shipped in from the Chilean government. (Times April 15 1886). Anglo-Continental stayed in German hands until the First World War when it was taken under British control. The works were taken over by Fisons Ltd in 1937 and closed down in 1946 (West Ham: Industries, 1973). Anglo-Continental Guano Works produced fertilizers, primarily from manure like guano which was imported from Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay. Anglo-Continental’s Dissolved Peruvian Guano was noted as being beneficial for the growth of sugar cane (The Sugar Cane Volume 15 1883, 571). Anglo-Continental also created their own supplies of sulphuric acid (West Ham: Industries, 1973). The sulphuric acid could be combined with guano to create an enhanced fertilizer (Journal of Agriculture 1859/1861, 700).


1873 to 1946


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1873 1883 Ohlendorff & Co
1883 1937 Anglo-Continental
1937 1946 Fisons Ltd


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