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Explosion Museum, Ghost Hunt ( Paranormal Investigation ) on Saturday 29th March 2014
In 1750 the Board of Ordnance purchased 40 acres of agricultural land from Jane Priddy (hence Priddy?s Hard) and others to construct an earth rampart as part of the defences of Portsmouth Harbour and the Dockyard. The defences, which included two demi-bastions, a moat and a covered way, were completed in 1756. Soon afterwards, the Board decided to relocate the gunpowder stores from Portsmouth to Priddy?s Hard for safety reasons and in 1771 a magazine, office and cooperage were constructed with an adjoining camber basin on land within the ramparts. Officer?s houses and large gardens were added in 1777.
As the Navy grew in size and importance, Priddy?s Hard Royal Naval Armaments Depot was one of a network of ordnance yards and gunwharfs established close to the Royal Dockyards to supply war ships with their guns, ammunition and associated services. Historically, the depots were the responsibility of a Board of Ordnance.
In 1805 the Grand Magazine on the site was used to store Gunpowder that was delivered to Priddy?s Hard from Waltham Abbey. Gunpowder was transported from this Magazine to the Trafalgar Fleet via a Camber Dock, the Fleet included Nelson?s Flagship HMS Victory.
Between 1850 and 1860 as a result of the technological advances of the industrial revolution, breech loading guns and iron-clad warships were developed. In 1860 HMS Warrior and HMS Black Prince were launched, iron ships armed with Sir William Armstrong?s breech loading guns. These ships rendered all wooden warships obsolete within a year. To service the new type of ammunition purpose-built shell filling rooms were built along Forton Lake
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