The name of this pub recalls Nancy Perriam, who lived in nearby Tower Street and was a powder monkey – naval slang for ‘boys’ and, in this case, Nancy – who filled shells and cartridges with gunpowder on board ships of war. While female sailors were not unknown, they usually went to sea initially in male disguise. Nancy lived in nearby Tower Street, until 1865, when she died in her 98th year. Nancy acted as a powder monkey, working alongside the gunners on board the Crescent and the Orion.
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