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Armoury key

circa 1840

This is believed to be the original key used to secure the ammunition store at Ladysmith Barracks, Ashton-under-Lyne.

It is thought to date from the 1840s. It is marked on one side with the words ‘Magazine Yard’ and on the other with the War Department initials and ‘Broad Arrow’.

This is an unusual piece of Regimental history and a link back to the Ladysmith Barracks.

The ‘Broad Arrow’ symbol on the key is the Government’s property mark. It was first used in 1330. You can see this on many military items as it was used by the Board of Ordnance, War Office and now Ministry of Defence (MoD).

It basically means the object is an officially approved item.