Model refuse destructor

Model (scale 1:12) of Horsfall's patent single cell refuse destructor.

The Horsfall refuse destructor, an incinerator, was patented by W Horsfall in 1887 and claimed to be the most effective and hygienic method of waste disposal.

The connection between poor sanitation and ill health was recognised by the manufacturer, as indicated in a 1904 publicity booklet for the destructor; "Destruction by fire is recognised as the right means of disposal of Rubbish, which, unless promptly dealt with, is a grave danger to health"

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Horsfall Destructor Company

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