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Gunpowder Press House, c.1880

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

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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


Gunpowder Press House, c.1880




oil on canvas


H 50 x W 60 cm

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bequeathed by 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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