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Old repaired crack to the lid
Size: 2.5cm high, 14.5cm dia. – 1 ins high, 5¾ ins dia.
In the 1780’s it was advocated that the mills be purchased by the crown to ensure secure supplies and the quality and economy of the gunpowder. In October 1787 the mills were purchased for £10,000 from a Mr JohnWalton and a 204 year period of crown ownership began.
Under the new regime, and with new direction, manufacture moved from what had been once regarded as a black art to an advanced technology. Thus they were able to respond to the massive increases in demand during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars culminating in the victory at Waterloo in 1815. In the years following, although there was a decline in staffing, there was a steady advance in machinery and process development and in research as private industry in construction, mining, quarrying, tunnelling and railway building all required large amounts of gunpowder.
On April 13th 1843 there was a very violent and huge explosion on the site in which ten people were killed. The force from the explosion was so great that timber from the mills was found over a mile away at Enfield Lock, which is probably where the wood for this snuff box was found.
Just over 100 years later on 28th July 1945 the Royal Gunpowder Mills were closed.