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Benjamin Franklin commemorated in Purfleet

PUPILS from Purfleet Primary School received a history lesson when they went to the gun powder magazines at Purfleet on Tuesday (17 April).

The latest Thurrock Heritage Plaque was unveiled by Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Charlie Curtis, with the pupils in attendance at the Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre.

It marks the link between founding father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin and the gunpowder stores at Purfleet.

Franklin’s work with electricity led to him visiting the store to discuss ways of installing conductors to prevent lightning strikes literally sparking an explosion and working on a commission on the same issue.

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