|Rawdons Regiment of Foote @ Waltham Abbey|
The fearsome pikeman of Sir Marmaduke Rawdons Regiment of Foote!
The series of photos below were taken at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, last summer ...
A huge site (175 acres) on the Essex/London border, the Mills were first adapted during the Second Anglo-Dutch War to produce gunpowder, possibly in response to a shortage. In the 18th century they were purchased by the crown to supply powder for the Napoleonic wars, growing in importance throughout the 19th and 20th centuries (over 6000 people were emplyed there during World War I).
Explosive testing and production continued right up until 1991, after which the Mills were deontaminated before lottery money helped turn the site into a visitor attraction.
Click on any of the images to view them all in a slideshow
|Soldiers enter the field|
|Let the officer through!|
|'Have a care!'|
|A volley is returned|
|The pikemen come together|
|The horse arrive|
|A musketeer is captured|
|The captured man pleads his case|
|The pikemen are surrounded|
|The musketeers give fire|
|Powder is running low|
|The horse get stuck in again|