TQ1272 : The Shot Tower, Crane Park

taken 8 years ago, near to Hanworth, Hounslow, Great Britain

The Shot Tower, Crane Park
The Shot Tower, Crane Park
Constructed in 1826 for the manufacture of lead shot, this is the only complete structure left on a site which has a long history of gunpowder making.
Remains of the powder mills can be found nearby, notably the millstreams, sluices and wheel bays which powered the grindstones.
Various histories recount the frequency with which the mills used to explode, and the sad loss of life.
There is a letter from author Horace Walpole complaining that his windows had been blown out. (He lived about 3 km away) He suggests orders be given that no more mills should explode and that Gunpowder should be kept underwater until it is needed.
A Health and Safety visionary ahead of his time.....
A good history is on LinkExternal link
Supplemental of an old advertisement from here TQ1272 : Honker Gunpowder
The tower is beside the London Loop long distance path.
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TQ1272, 70 images   (more nearby )
Photographer
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 14 November, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Industry 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
London Loop 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1289 7284 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.5987N 0:22.6227W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1288 7284
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Shot Tower  Industrial Heritage 

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