Cobbins Brook - Waltham Abbey
The Brook flows west towards the River Lee
The Black Ditch flows westwards towards the River Lee
Post to the west Ramney Marsh
Post to the north Waltham Abbey
Post to the east Dowding Way
The ditch has been ‘re-profiled’ within the new park and is now the boundary between new housing of Meridian Park and the new Gunpowder Park. It previously ran within the Government Research Establishment.
Black Ditch Road.
This road, previously within the factory area has now gone except as a partial pathway within the park.
New road built from the 1990s.
Meridian Park. New housing built on part of the Royal Gunpowder Factory site.
New road built from the 1990s
Sainsbury’s Distribution Depot
This road, previously within the factory area has now gone except as a partial pathway within the park
The Royal Gunpowder Factory developed this area, in the late 1880s, on fields of Quinton Hill farm, for the manufacture of guncotton and later nitroglycerin and cordite. Initially laid out in the area between Cobbins Brook and Black Ditch It was intended to bring the whole manufacturing process into a site with rationally laid out buildings. The eastern part of the site contained the nitroglycerine and cordite factories. The site finally closed, as the Government Research Establishment, in 1991.
Gunpowder Park. The Park has shrubs and trees planted in blocks, to make a landscape which mirrors the area’s previous use. Bands of trees are laid out to as if appear as ‘shock waves’ fanning out like an explosion. An area which contained rows of blast testing bunkers is planted with willow in rectangular blocks. Gabion wall of recycled materials. The Meridian Line runs north-south through the park.