Exploring Cornwall – The Gunpowder Works of Kennall Vale

Today, as part of my explorations of Cornwall, Mark Sellwood and I take a visit of the old Gunpowder workings that was based at Kennal Vale, near Redruth.

Fired up in 1812, the Kennal Vale Gunpowder Works were laid out across 20 acres of forest land. The gunpowder was sent to the Cornish mines mostly. At its height, the factory employed 50 men and was very successful despite a spectacular accident that caused five of the production buildings to explode. By the 1880’s blasting technology was moving on to more sophisticated chemical explosives and by the 1910’s the works were closed and abandoned.

Nature has reclaimed the land and it is fascinating to see the derelict buildings lying amid the landscape.

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