Ordnance Office: Rules

Scope and Content

'Rules, orders and instructions for the future government of the Office of the Ordnance', 1683-1706, 167 numbered pages, with an index at the front.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ordnance Office evolved during the fifteenth century, and was based in the Tower of London. It provided weapons and equipment for the British forces until 1855, when its duties became the responsibility of the War Office.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Custodial History

The volume was formerly part of the library of General Erle.


The collection is no. 20 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 5.