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London Ordnance Works

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1867 Mr. Josiah Vavasseur acquired the Southwark premises in Bear Lane and created the London Ordnance Works, and was open for business by November 27, 1867. Vavasseur continued the manufacture of cannon, assembling, rifling and finishing steel components roughly prepared by Firth's. He also developed carriages to manage larger cannon, in which he became something of a specialist.

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