"several of his close friends from the Woolwich Arsenal"


The Royal Arsenal at Woolwich tested and manufactured arms, ammunition and explosives for the British government. It was originally established in the seventeenth century as an ordnance storage facility, lying on a 31 acre site on the south bank of the Thames. Throughout its history it was expanded, until it covered 104 acres, including a laboratory and gun foundry. By the mid-1800s Woolwich was one of three major Royal munitions factories, alongside Enfield and Waltham Abbey.