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Chart Gunpowder Mills
Westbrook Walk

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Chart Gunpowder Mills, maintained by voluntary effort, are the oldest of their kind in the world. Explosives manufacture began in Faversham in the 16th century and by 1900 it was the main centre of the UK industry, with huge plants producing gunpowder, TNT and dynamite. Within 35 years all the factories had closed but one gunpowder mill was left - at Chart Mills. In 1967 this was rescued from the jaws of the bulldozer by the Faversham Society and then restored. Picture the massive wheels turning as they made powder for Nelson at Trafalgar and Wellington at Waterloo.


Months Open: Easter - End October; Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays; 2 - 5
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Car Parking: Yes - Nearby
Admission Price: Free
Gift Shop: Yes

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