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

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

The Listed Buildings and Other Principal Structures at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Waltham Abbey
Author: Les Tucker
Publisher: Royal Gunpowder Mills
© 2013 Royal Gunpowder Mills
ISBN: 9781493561254
Softcover: 6"x9", 206 pages

 

Description

In an official report The Royal Gunpowder Mills Waltham Abbey were described as “the most important site for the history of explosives in Europe”.

Many of the major world advances in gunpowder and explosive production using a range of technologies were made here, continuing into the later role of Research Centre, extending to rocket propellant. The listed buildings are unique surviving structures spanning the range of this activity which was carried on for the Crown in conditions of secrecy for over 200 years. This came to an end in 1991 when the Establishment’s role was transferred to other centres and from 2001 for the first time this remarkable site was opened to the outside world.

​About The Author

Whilst pursuing a commercial career in the oil industry Les Tucker became interested in the history and archaeology of the little known UK onshore oil fields. This expanded into an interest in industrial archaeology and the history of science and technology generally. He was able to apply this practically whilst participating in canal restoration work, combining study of the archaeology of canals with the history of canal ports and trade patterns on the canals. This was combined with an industrial archaeology diploma course at Birkbeck, London University. On retirement he became aware of the waterway system of the Royal Gunpowder Mills and the wide range of surviving buildings and technologies and pursuing this interest joined the “Friends Association of the Mills”. Today Les is an Archive volunteer at the Gunpowder Mills and his main role is Archivist for the Mills vast collection of documents and images and maps and plans. During this time he has regularly contributed Archive related articles to Touchpaper, the Newsletter of the Friends Association. He wrote the first Friends publication - The Listed Buildings at the Royal Gunpowder Mills and this publication is now an expanded version of that booklet. 

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