OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: May 21, 2019
Webpage updated: May 21, 2019

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THE MILITARY IN OLD DEVONPORT

POWDER KILNS

Further north from the Powder Magazine at Keyham were the Powder Kilns at Kinterbury, in the ancient parish of Saint Budeaux.  They were initially operated by the Board of Ordnance.

The earliest description of them comes from "The Picture of Plymouth", published in 1812:

'Higher up the river, are kilns lately erected for the drying of powder which has been damaged.  Prior to the erection of these kilns, all powder of this description was sent to the kilns in Kent, before it could be re-manufactured: this is now effected here.  Every precaution is taken to prevent an explosion.  Here a clerk of the works is resident.  The officers are: Assistant Fire Master, T I Forbes; Clerk, T Haywood.'

These were later replaced by the Royal Naval Ordnance Depot, Bull Point.