001 – Dial Square and The Royal Arsenal

Where else to start?

Firstly, I am sure you’ve all heard of Dial Square where many of the founders worked, well this is the sundial over the entrance to Dial Square that gave it it’s name.

You can see another picture from a wider angle on the Royal Arsenal website here: http://www.royalarsenalwoolwich.org.uk/DialSq.jpeg

The Royal Arsenal at Woolwich was one of the three main Royal Arsenal’s of the time and was a sprawling mass of factories and laboratories.  Below are pictures of the Bullet Factory and the ‘Big Hammer’ at Woolwich.

Please feel free to add any information via the comments.

(Picture one taken by a friend and used with his permission, the other two pictures are scans of postcards issued around the time)


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5 responses to “001 – Dial Square and The Royal Arsenal

  1. tg

    Never seen the factory gubbins before. Great archive!

  2. ltg

    Interesting stuff. Never seen that sundial before and, incredibly, hadn’t ever wondered why Dial Square had got its name.

    Nice one.

  3. John B

    Great shots. Ihadfamily that worked there prior to WW I…..

  4. Alex

    Guessing nobody is active on here anymore, but in the hope that this message reaches someone (!) I’d love to know why the date on the image of the dial above is 1764 and the one tiled into the emirates ground reads 1886 (https://alsd.com/content/emirates-stadium-dial-square) Anyone know? Maybe the workers only first got together for a kickabout in 1886 despite the factory being built in 1764?! Any insight would be greatly received. Thanks. Alex.

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