1 December 2011

Rawdons @ Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey

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

Hand-to-hand fighting

Pausing to re-load

Powder is running low

The horse get stuck in again

The victors

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