Royal Gunpowder Mills
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The mill is not one building but a huge complex of buildings. Within the grounds of the current site are no less than 21 historic, listed, buildings to view. These include a Cordite Drying Stove, mixing house, saltpetre melting house, offices, incorporating mills (where the constituents of gunpowder were mixed, or 'incorporated', a set of steam-driven 19th century mill buildings in Italianate style, and magazines for storage of explosives. In addition, you can view a Victorian 'press house', where gunpowder was compressed.
Within the mill complex is a nature reserve, with over 5 miles of waterways, featuring walking trails and picnic areas for visitors. There is a narrow gauge railway across the site, which has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in recognition of the role it plays in providing a habitat for animals and birds. Indeed, the Mill boasts the largest heronry in Essex.
There is a huge variety of historic interest at the Royal mills; the whole history of gunpowder manufacture is explained in a compelling way.
About Royal Gunpowder Mills
Address: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England, EN9 1JY
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Between Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross, off Highbridge Street
Website: Royal Gunpowder Mills
Phone: 01992 707370
Photo Credit: Chris Allen, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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