SD5087 : New Sedgwick Gunpowder Works

taken 7 months ago, near to Sedgwick, Cumbria, Great Britain

New Sedgwick Gunpowder Works
New Sedgwick Gunpowder Works
Imported saltpetre was ground with locally produced charcoal to make black powder primarily used for blasting in quarries. A localised industry around Kendal operated from 1798 until the last works here closed in 1935. The machinery was water powered. The characteristic feature of gunpowder mills is the high blast walls and buttresses to separate compartments. These would be topped with a light roof so that the force of the blast went upwards.

I haven't found any Great War reference to the site for munitions but assume that production continued during the war for the quarrying industry.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 5090 8786 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:17.0401N 2:45.3408W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 5092 8788
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Watermill (Derelict)  Gunpowder Mill  Gunpowder Works 

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