Archive 2018: The Gunpowder Magazine

2018 Venue 14    

Near the Lions House on the Walls

Friday 13:00-16:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00 No booking required

A purpose built ammunition store constructed in 1749 to provide safe storage of explosives required by the military garrison at the Barracks.It is built of local sandstone and is surrounded by a high wall. The walls of the vaulted, windowless structure are reinforced by eight heavy buttresses, intended to direct explosion safely upwards. There are ventilators above the entrance steps that allow air to circulate, protecting the powder from damp. The building has a double skinned roof and the main internal safety feature is the total absence of iron to avoid any possibility of a spark igniting the gunpowder.

About the author 

Homer Lindsay

Retired Global ERP Financial Applications Analyst and Developer with an interest in people; places; photography.

A member of the Berwick Heritage Open Days Steering Group and its website developer.