Guns and Gun Powder in Enfield, by A Robinson and J. Burnby
Published by the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society around 1990, 54 pages. A5 size booklet
This booklet provides a fascinating short history of Guns and Gunpowder in the London Borough of Enfield, especially the building of a factory in Enfield manufacturing guns (known as the Royal Small Arms Factory)
Built in 1816, the factory continued to operate until the late 1980's, and was located at Enfield Lock on a marshy island bordered by the River Lea and the River Lee Navigation. It was built on the instructions of the Board of Ordnance at the end of the Napoleonic War, and was completed by 1816.
The site was chosen for several reasons - the availability of water power to drive the machinery, and the River Lee Navigation, which could be used for transportation (by barge) to and from the River Thames, where sailing ships brought in the raw materials and took the finished weapons to every corner of the empire....
Condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The booklet does have some bubbling throughout, and an old price printed on the front cover