Saturday, 14 February 2009

20 August 1741
Went with Mr Hall to Woollidge to see all the Cannon Morters Bum Shells & see the Cannon Cast and went on Board the Kings yatt Lying at Greenwich - 18d

This is a Thursday and Thomas doesn't usually stray this far from the City on a weekday but, of course, the Gun Foundry would not be working on Sunday. The decision to manufacture bronze cannon there had been taken early in the century and the Royal Brass Foundry, designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, was completed in 1717. You can read more about the history of the Royal Arsenal here.

It should, of course, read "Bomb shells"....

Yacht was a relatively new word in English, having arrived at the Restoration with Charles II who took to sailing while in exile.

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