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THE MAGAZINE

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The Magazine, situated between Windmill Bastion and King's Mount, was designed and built between 1749 and 1750 by Dugall Campbell, an engineer working for the Board of Ordnance. The 624 barrels of gunpowder were protected by a vaulted and buttressed sandstone ashlar building, designed to send a blast upwards should the powder be accidentally ignited. The air vents are Y-shaped to ensure stray sparks could not enter the building, and a special timber-lifting gantry was installed for moving the barrels inside. The building is enlcosed on all four sides by a sandstone wall, with a pedimented round-arched doorway.

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