TQ6941 : Furnace Pond: Horsmonden's 17th century iron foundry

taken 28 years ago, near to Horsmonden, Kent, England

Furnace Pond: Horsmonden's 17th century iron foundry
Furnace Pond: Horsmonden's 17th century iron foundry
The north-east end of Furnace Pond. The head of water from this 16 acre lake
once powered the giant hammer of John Browne's forge, the flames of which could be "seen about the country at 10 miles distance". With the abundance of iron ore in the local clay and of wood to fuel the blast furnace, Horsmonden in 1613 had 200 men employed in its iron foundry under John Browne. Such was Browne's skill in casting and proving guns that he was later granted a monopoly as "Gunfounder for the King's Service". In 1638 Charles I himself was here to watch a gun being cast. Browne also supplied guns to the Dutch, at that time the greatest sea power. Then, on the arrival of Cromwell and the Commonwealth, he was quick to switch his allegiance and was casting guns for Parliament until his death in 1651. When this former King's Gunfounder was buried, an impressive alabaster and black marble monument was erected to him in Horsmonden parish church TQ7038 : St Margaretís church, parish of Horsmonden, and its history. But it stands there no longer. A 19th century Rector, an ardent Royalist, could not abide to see a memorial in his church to a man who had turned his coat for Cromwell, and removed it! See other snippets from the surprising history of Horsmonden at: LinkExternal link
There is little now to show for this once great industry apart from such local names as Flightshot Farm TQ6840, Furnace Pond, and TQ7040 : The old Gun Inn and the days of gun making, and several chalybeate springs. See also Gallery at: Link

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TQ6941, 66 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Date Taken
1996   (more nearby)
Friday, 1 August, 2008
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 694 411 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.6831N 0:25.2580E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 693 412
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph (Second Visitor for TQ6941) · First in 5 Years (TPoint) (about)
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