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TQ5841 :: Powdermill Lane

Taken 4 years ago by N Chadwick near Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

Powdermill Lane by N Chadwick
Powdermill Lane

Iron had been worked in the area since prehistoric times, since the underlying rock (the iron-rich sandstone of the Hastings Beds which make up the Weald) provided the raw material. The forges probably continued working until the 18th century when the making of iron became uneconomical and in 1771 the sites was taken over for gunpowder manufacturing hence the name Powder Mill Lane. The mill blew up shortly afterwards but was replaced and continued manufacturing gunpowder. By 1845 a cornmill had been erected on the site, which continued in operation until 1942 when it was demolished. There are now no traces of any industrial workings in the area.
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Subject Grid Square TQ5841
Subject Lat/Long 51.150750,0.262415 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Photographer N Chadwick
Taken 20150417 201504 2015 (about 4 years ago)
Submitted 2015-07-01
Snippet Powdermill Lane ·
Context Roads, Road transport ·
Group Powdermill Lane ·

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