A pocket flintlock pistol being cocked by a gentleman of the 18th century


The growth of trade in the 17th and 18th century generated wealth and a travelling community. However, travelling the roads of England at this time was a dangerous business, as crime was rife.

These traders and travellers represented rich pickings for the highwayman and footpad. In addition, there was no organised force to deter and detect crime. The country was served by local constables and watch patrols who were often inefficient.

In defence of their trade and profits, travellers armed themselves and their transport more heavily than before.

Highwayman film from the gallery

18th century traveler in coach with pistol - link to YouTube video


A special exhibition in the White Tower at the Tower of London, commemorating the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

23 October 2015

Tower of London

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Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk; a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin; and smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.