Hexham tannery waste and pineapples

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    Jane Armstrong

    Is there any evidence that the waste from the tanneries in Hexham was used to generate heat for the production of pineapples? I am researching the history of pineapple production in the garden at Capheaton Hall.

    Mark Benjamin

    I’ve never heard of this practice but, given the entrepreneurial character of those concerned in the leather trade, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. However, the waste from the leather trade was fairly noxious!

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