Tamboers Kloof Magazine

Posted on March 31, 2022 / 13
Listing Type : Magazine
Location : South Africa

Tamboers Kloof Magazine was built between June 1889 and March 1893.  The main magazine was concrete with a brick lining and could hold 4000 barrels of gunpowder.  The site included:

  • A main magazine
  • Gun Cotton Stores for wet and dry gun cotton
  • A laboratory
  • Foreman’s Quarters
  • Guard House
  • Cooperage for barrel making

The whole site was surrounded with a metal palisade fence, sections of which still survive.  New concrete watch towers were subsequently added to this perimeter.

The cost of constructing the magazine was £9,593, considerably over the £7,636 estimate.  The main magazine has a VR date on it of 1893, the date that the construction was completed.

The site has now been largely redeveloped.

See TNA WO 78/3798

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