A guide to Woolwich (Google eBook)

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John Grant
1841
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Page 6 - Vanbrugh in 1719; it contains three furnaces, with extensive means for making moulds and weighing the materials used in forming the ordnance ; the largest furnace will melt about seventeen tons of metal at one time. At the back of the foundry is a building for boring cannon ; this operation is also performed in another building on the right, the entrance to which is through a gateway on the West Parade ; here is a workshop where the brass guns are bored, and, after being proved and found perfect,...
Page 21 - ... plate, Mr. Vincent tells us in his very useful guide, is exceedingly rich, and comprises gifts from kings and emperors, souvenirs from other regiments, and spoils taken from the enemy, one of the most recent additions being a massive ram's head of unalloyed gold, captured in the palace of Ashantee. On the parade, in front of the grand entrance to the barracks, stand five large pieces of ordnance, mounted upon handsome bronze carriages, cast expressly for the purpose. The central gun was taken...
Page 40 - ... artillery and ammunition, discovered in the Isle of Walney, upon the western coast of Lancashire. They were found buried in the sand, at a place only accessible at low water. When first discovered, the largest gun was quite perfect, and measured ten feet in length ; the breech was in the centre ; it fires both ways, and had two rings near the muzzles to sling it by. This piece is formed of thick plates of iron, hooped. The second piece, also with rings, is a culverin, and quite perfect ; it is...
Page 40 - ... had two rings near the muzzles to sling it by. This piece is formed of thick plates of iron, hooped. The second piece, also with rings, is a culverin, and quite perfect ; it is formed of bars of wrought iron, hooped together. The third and fourth are chambers, and supposed to be charged with gunpowder ; they are of wrought iron. There are a number of stone balls, the greater part of granite, one of sand-stone, and others of clay, iron, and lime-stone.
Page 29 - ... and the bombardier on duty for the day will insert their names in a book devoted to that purpose. The rotunda being the most prominent object, strangers generally proceed to it without waiting to examine the numerous pieces of ancient and modern ordnance arranged on the ground. The building has a singular and picturesque appearance, being erected on the extremity of the high ground, with a precipitous descent at the north side, beautifully wooded and interspersed with water ; and in the distance...
Page 6 - Metropolis, and that he was authorized, through the representation which he had made of his own conviction of his, Schalch's, ability, to offer him a commission to make choice of any spot within twelve miles of London, for the erection of such a building, (having proper reference to the extensive nature of the works, and carriage of the heavy materials,) and. also to engage him as Superintendent of the whole concern.
Page 31 - Arms and and other Trophies taken by the British Army in Paris, on the triumphant entry of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington into that city in 1815." To it were transferred, in 1820, the remains of the repository which was founded in the arsenal in 1778, and which was destroyed by fire in 1802. The museum abounds in records of the fertile invention of Sir W. Congreve, and his equally remarkable son.
Page 10 - Purk during the illuminations in honour of the visit of the Allied Sovereigns to this country in 1814. This room also contains many curiosities used in naval and military warfare; among which is a model of a large fire-ship charged with combustibles, and sections of others, shewing their interior arrangements. In addition to the articles enumerated, there are a great variety of specimens of the implements of destruction used in ancient times in the British service, but now entirely discontinued,...
Page 17 - Repository at its end ; as a background, the beautiful hanging woods of Charlton, and a distant view of London ; on the south, inclining to the west, the far outspreading common, stretching to the horizon ; again, on the south, inclining to the east, is the Royal Military Academy, while majestically, to form a background in this direction, lie the romantic and verdant slopes, tending upwards to the darkly-wooded summit of...
Page 30 - ... IV., from a design by Mr. Nash, architect, for the purpose of receiving and banqueting the allied sovereigns of Europe, during their visit to this country, at the conclusion of the peace of 1814. After serving the original purpose for which it was erected, it was presented to the garrison at Woolwich, and converted into a depository for models of a naval and military description ; and the objects in every department of both services collected here are highly creditable to those who have the care...

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