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Ordnance Office and War Office: Miscellaneous Entry Books and Papers

WO 55
Ordnance Office and War Office: Miscellaneous Entry Books and Papers

This series contains principally the following records of the Ordnance Office:

  • entry books of reports of the Surveyor General with the decisions of The Board of Ordnance thereon, 1753-1859;
  • entry books of warrants from the Master General of the Ordnance, and Orders in Council together with originals of the same, 1568-1857;
  • orders, 1744-1863, including Military Orders, 1822-1855;
  • engineer papers and letter books, 1785-1868;
  • artillery letters and letter books, 1773-1862;
  • observations, reports, etc on defence, fortifications, etc, 1681-1879;
  • registers of issues of stores and arms at the Tower of London, Portsmouth, Chatham and elsewhere, 1571-1858 (but mostly dating from the seventeenth century);
  • entry books of in- and out- letters, minutes, accounts, store ledgers etc of the Ordnance Office, Portsmouth, 1699-1890;
  • the seal of the Ordnance Board, 1806;
  • papers relating to patents, 1876-1904;
  • lands, rents and buildings, 1732-1923, and the king's works at Purfleet, 1793-1834.

Related Material:
Incomplete sets of letter books from Ordnance Office and Barrack Office at Tipner, Portsmouth, 1801-1882, and from Ordnance Office, Malta, 1801-1837, and from Ordnance Office, Sheerness, 1780-1801, and of the Master Gunner at the Tower of London, 1819-1844, are held in the archive of the Royal Logistic Corps Museum.
For continuation of this series see WO 370
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Ordnance Office, 1683-1855
War Department, 1855-1857
War Office, 1857-1964
Physical description:
3071 bundles and volumes
Access conditions:
Series is accruing

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