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The waterwheel in this instance created hydraulic pressure to operate the press housed in the wooden building to the left. The operator could control the potentially dangerous gunpowder press remotely from the pump house on the right, where he was protected from harm by the central traverse (blast wall).

Secret Island at Royal Gunpowder Mills

Waltham Abbey

  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    50 x 60 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by the artist, 2001

Secret Island at Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY England

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