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On record from the late fourteenth century and used commonly in Yorkshire in connection with mining from the latter part of the seventeenth century: 1690 to find at their own charge all tools, workgear, Gunpowder, Colsterdale. It had been used occasionally in lead-mining, possibly from 1665-8, and in coal-mining from 1679 at least. It was responsible for a fatality in Leeds in 1706 and references are not infrequent thereafter: 1760 2lb of Gunpowder 2s 8d, Tong
1816 James Wignall, Gunpowder Ł7 10s 0d, Bradshaw, Northowram.