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'Lady of the Lea' Explosives Barge

© the artist. Photo credit: Secret Island at Royal Gunpowder Mills

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For over three centuries, explosives barges carried their awesome cargo from the Mills at Waltham Abbey to the Woolwich Arsenal and the Government Magazines at Purfleet, via the rivers Lea and Thames. Road traffic across the bridges of the Lea was usually suspended as the barge passed beneath, for fear of embers (from steam-driven vehicles) and other discarded means of ignition dropping onto the deck of the passing barge.

Secret Island at Royal Gunpowder Mills

Waltham Abbey

  • Date

    1978

  • Medium

    acrylic on canvas

  • Measurements

    45 x 60 cm

  • Accession number

    2

  • Acquisition method

    gift from the artist, 2001

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Secret Island at Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY England

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