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Boiling House

Boiling House

Author: Bridgens, Richard

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1836

Shelfmark: 789.g.13

Item number: Plate 10

Length: 26.7

Width: 37.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

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Accompanying text for an illustration of the interior of a boiling house on a sugar plantation in Trinidad in the 19th century. The juice from the sugar canes was taken to the boiling house to be heated until the impurities were extracted. The liquid was then passed through a succession of copper containers until a pure liquid remained. After this process, the liquid was piped to the curing house where it was stored in hogsheads to cool and for the molasses to drain off. The boiling house was a dangerous place to work because of the intense temperatures and the hot liquids.

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