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Saturday, 30 November 2013

1940 airview

This German WW 2 (1940) picture of the Thames shows the Arsenal (Plumstead Marshes).

With the sewage embankment and works at Crossness clearly visible.

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©IWM (C 5424)


The only main difference for this area, from early 1900hundreds. Was the military change over from horse (mainly Royal Artillery) power to mechanical power.  
With the resulting environmental drop in grassing and its upkeep in general.



Monday, 25 November 2013

Water Supply

 Bing air view

On my recent visit to Rushgrove House (private property). The pond in its gardens looked so natural. (And thankfully looked after which is more then can be said for its Government owners) But what we see today is totally man made and formed a major part of the main clean water supply to the Arsenal. Up until?????.


Perched on the very edge of one the best preserved of Bowater quarries. Edward BOWATER (1712-1777 unchecked*) was approached in the 1750’s to supply water for both the Dockyard and Arsenal. He had constructed a reservoir which is now known as Mulgrave pond.

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Brought in 1815 by The Board of Ordnance.


The water being piped down via Wellington Street, into underground tanks with an outlet pipe and valve into the Thames near to the Arsenal pier. With water from the unnamed “Brook” running down from Brook Hill. (Information unchecked).


The amount of water required for steam power. The Thames unusable being both salt water and highly polluted at Woolwich. The Arsenal would still off required a much more supply then this. To work. The water tower on Shooters Hill brought water in from Kent. For local supply.


Also during the 18hundreds an unsuccessful series of bore wells to depth of some 400feet (or yards). Was also made.


Victoria House on Woolwich Common also had a pond. Was this also connected towards the Arsenal?

Small brick building on Ha Ha Road, south side.

Many rumours of connecting secret tunnels out from the Arsenal Walls running all over the place. Can be laid at the need for water supply. 

How did the water get in pass the later built North Kent Railway line and the main South London Sewage pipe?


·         British History Online (1796) Edward BOWATER esq owner of Manor of Southall.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Woolwich Arsenal Today


At long last some real sign of regeneration for these two historic buildings.
No1 Street, Woolwich. SE18 6

2013.11.11 (taken)