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Historical Book Shop

We sell a number of books about the history of the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, and its important contribution to the development of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants from 1787 to the present.

Printed & eBook versions of our books are available to purchase online...


RGM Book Series

Books about the history of the Royal Gunpowder Mills written by Archive Volunteers.

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RGM Historic Reprint Series

The Historic Reprint Series are Facsimilie reprints of books having historical relevance to the development and manufacture of gunpowder at the Royal Gunpowder Mills.

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Book List


RGM Book Series

Books about the history of the Royal Gunpowder Mills written by Archive Volunteers.


 

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The Listed Buildings and Other Principal Structures at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Waltham Abbey

Author: Les Tucker
ISBN: 9781493561254
Softcover: 6"x9", 206 pages, 166 images
Book: £7.99 / eBook: £5.99
Describes many of the buildings visitors will see and their functions, from gunpowder production to rocket propellants.

 

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waterways-cvr-sml.jpgThe Waterways of the Royal Gunpowder Mills (Second Edition)

Author: Richard Thomas
ISBN: 9781492312314
Softcover: 6"x9", 52 pages, 28 images
Book: £4.99 / eBook: £2.99
Describes the waterways of the Royal Gunpowder Mills, which are a unique three level industrial canal system, originally extending to ten miles.

 

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explosions-cvr-sml.jpgThe Explosions at the Royal Gunpowder Mills (Second Edition)

Author: Richard Thomas
ISBN: 9781492324676
Softcover: 6"x9", 82 pages, 33 images
Book: £4.99 / eBook: £2.99
Making explosives is a dangerous business. This is the record of those accidents in which people lost their lives either in explosions or in the waterways which provided much of the early driving force for the Mills.

 

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workforce-cvr-sml.jpgThe Workforce of the Royal Gunpowder Mills: 1787 - 1841

Authors: Derek Armes & Sandra Taylor
ISBN: 9781492365822
Softcover: 6"x9", 484 pages
Book: £12.50 / eBook: £10.50
This book documents the personnel employed at the Mills during the period from 1787 to 1841. The definitive resource for genealogical research.

 

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worthies-cvr-sml.jpgWorkforce Worthies of the Royal Gunpowder Mills

Authors: Derek Armes & Sandra Taylor
ISBN: 9781492367482
Softcover: 6 x 9 in, 106 pages, 15 images
Book: £5.99 / eBook: £3.99
This book documents the lives of some of the more colourful personnel employed at the Mills during the period from 1787 to 1841.

 

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superintendents-cvr-sml.jpgMilitary Superintendents of the Royal Gunpowder Mills (Second Edition)

Author: Peter Blake
ISBN: 9781492324690
Softcover: 6"x9", 70 pages, 27 images
Book: £4.99 / eBook: £2.99
These are the personal histories of some of the men who had charge of the Mills. They saw the Mills through many changes as steam replaced water power and cordite replaced gunpowder.

 

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RGM Historic Reprint Series

The Historic Reprint Series are Facsimilie reprints of books having historical relevance to the development and manufacture of gunpowder at the Royal Gunpowder Mills.


gunpowder-treatise-cvr-sml.jpgA Treatise on Gunpowder (1830)

Author: Frederick Drayson
ISBN: 9781492383871
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 122 pages, 37 images
Book: £7.99 / eBook: £5.99
This book has been transcribed from the original 1830 handwritten manuscript. It contains an exact description of every building and utensil and of every process followed in refining nitre and sulphur, charring wood, and manufacturing them into gunpowder.

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baddeley_cover_sml.jpgPamphlet on the Manufacture of Gunpowder (1857)

Author: Major Fraser Baddeley
ISBN: 9781493579310
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 48 pages
Book: £5.99 / eBook: £3.99
An Aide Memoire describing as clearly and simply as possible the ingredients and processes involved in the manufacture of gunpowder.

 

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wardell_cover_sml.jpgHandbook of Gunpowder and Guncotton (1888)

Author: Major-General W. H. Wardell
ISBN: 9781493579402
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 160 pages, 14 images
Book: £9.99 / eBook: £7.99
This handbook is founded upon "Notes on Gunpowder' and Guncotton," drawn up by me at the Royal Gunpowder Factory, Waltham Abbey, in 1878, and revised in 1882 for the use of the Gentlemen Cadets of the Royal Military Academy.

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A_Handbook_of_the_Manufacture_Proof_Cover_sml.jpgA Handbook of the Manufacture and Proof of Gunpowder as carried on at the Royal Gunpowder Factory (1870)

Author: Captain F. M. Smith
ISBN: 9781493622955 
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 154 pages, 26 images
Book: £9.99 / eBook: £7.99
This short treatise is intended as a guide to officers who wish to make themselves acquainted with the manufacture and proof of gunpowder.

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A_Memoir_on_Gunpowder_Cover_sml.jpgA Memoir on Gunpowder; in which are discussed the Principles both of its Manufacture and Proof (1832)

Author: John Braddock
ISBN: 9781493632503 
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 144 pages
Book: £9.99 / eBook: £7.99
The Author believes there is not a single work extant in the English language that discusses the manipulation of Gunpowder, and the best and most accurate methods of ascertaining its strength and quality.

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Gunpowder_and_Ammunition_Cover_sml.jpgGunpowder and Ammunition - Their Origin and Progress (1904)

Author: Lieut.-Colonel Henry W. L. Hime
ISBN: 9781493632923
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 258 pages
Book: £13.99 / eBook: £12.99
Much discussion has been caused in the past by the vagueness of the word gunpowder. Difficulty arises from the change of meaning which many technical words have undergone in the lapse of years.

 

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Centenary_Memorial_Cover_sml.jpgCentenary Memorial of the Royal Gunpowder Factory, Waltham Abbey (1887)

Author: W. Winters, F. R. Hist. Soc.
ISBN: 9781493749690
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 178 pages
Book: £10.99 / eBook: £8.99
The progress of the Royal Works from their earliest known existence to the present time, which have been recorded weekly in the Waltham Abbey Telegraph.

 

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The_Rise_and_Progress_Cover_sml.jpgThe Rise and Progress of the British Explosives Industry (1909)

Editor: E. A. Brayley Hodgetts
ISBN: 978493688449 
Softcover: 8.5"x11", 436 pages, 39 images
Book: £15.99 / eBook: £13.99
At a meeting of the Committee of the Explosives Section of the Seventh International Congress of Applied Chemistry, it was proposed that a history of the rise and progress of the Explosives Industry in the British Isles should be compiled.

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