Royal Borough of Greenwich in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
The Gibraltar Gun is one of the largest and heaviest objects in the Royal Artillery's collection – a 38 foot long coastal defence artillery piece weighing 40 tonnes.
The 9.2 inch calibre gun is a rare surviving example of the large coastal guns installed throughout the British Empire in the early 1900s to counter long-rang attacks by enemy battleships and cruisers.
It could fire a shell weighing 380lb over a range of 16 miles (26.5 kilometres).
This type of heavy artillery was used to protect strategically important coastal locations throughout the British Empire including Gibraltar where this gun was located for its service life.
The gun was first installed on the Gibraltar coast in 1902 where it remained in service into the 1950s when guns like this were finally replaced by guided missile systems.
In the 1980s, it was found in a Gibraltar scrap yard and was returned to Britain where it was made.
Loaned by permission of the Royal Artillery Historical Trust
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesMilitary.
Location. 51° 29.681′ N, 0° 4.24′ E. Marker is in Royal Borough of Greenwich, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Plumstead Road and Woolwich New Road, on the left when traveling west. Located in James Clavell Square in the Royal Woolwich Arsenal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Royal Borough of Greenwich, England SE18 6AE, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gun 2/90 (a few steps from this marker); Gun 2/91 (a few steps from this marker); Gun 2/46 (a few steps from this marker); Gun 2/75 (a few steps from this marker); Gun 2/86 (a few steps from this marker); James Clavell Square (within shouting distance of this marker); East & West Riverside Guardrooms (within shouting distance of this marker); The Royal Arsenal (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Also see . . .
1. Royal Arsenal History. (Submitted on June 10, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Royal Arsenal on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 10, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.