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Mr Monkey in Woolwich

"There's more to this arsenal thing that I expected, you know"

Mr Monkey at the Royal Arsenal Mr Monkey looking down the main street through the Royal Arsenal

In the 17th century, King Charles II decided it'd be a good idea to have a fortress in Woolwich, to stop the Dutch sailing up the Thames and bombarding London too often. Offices and factories were added - the site was away from London and they could make lots of noise. It was called the 'Warren', but in 1805 George III visited and decided that 'Royal Arsenal' was a far more sensible name.

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