TQ1272 : The Shot Tower in Crane Park

near to Hanworth, Hounslow, Great Britain

The Shot Tower in Crane Park
The Shot Tower in Crane Park
The Shot Tower, standing next to the River Crane, was built in 1823. Its main use was for the production of small lead shot. Molten lead would be poured through a copper sieve from the top of the tower, which at that time was hollow. As the lead fell it formed small round pellets which cooled and hardened as they hit water in a large tank at the bottom of the tower. From 1766 to 1926, the surrounding area was the home to the Hounslow Gunpowder Mills. There were over 55 explosions recorded during the history of the mills, many of them fatal. The Shot Tower and the adjoining Crane Park Island are now used for environmental education.
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2012
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Geograph
Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 29 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1288 7284 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.5988N 0:22.6314W
Photographer Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1285 7286
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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