The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a site made up of 21 buildings of historical significance. In 1184, an abbey existed in the area. The monks from this abbey created a mill for making cloth, powdered by the water from the Millhead Stream. This later became an oil mill, producing vegetable oil. During the Second Dutch War (1665 -1667), the mill was converted again to make up for the shortage in ammunition and the production of gunpowder on the site began.
The site expanded over time and as a result of its success, it was purchased by the Crown in 1787, giving it the royal title. The mills production of gunpowder helped to support many wars over the years including the French Revolution, the Crimean War, and of course both World Wars.
The site later became a research centre when the demand for gunpowder slowed down. This closed in 1991, ending over 300 years of gunpowder production here.
A good portion of the site was saved and decontaminated. It now provides a very popular visitor attraction.
Obviously, the nature of the job was dangerous and there were many fatalities at the mill. There was a huge explosion in the 1700s which resulted in a great loss of life.
Staff working there today often report strange occurrences and sounds as they go about their day.
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