The Royal Military Academy

The Royal Military Academy

The former military training ground now posh flats.

Location: Red Lion Lane, Woolwich, SE18 4LE

Description: Today this grand set of buildings have been repurposed into apartments and flats called The Academy.

The Royal Military Academy (RMA) was a British Army military academy for the training of commissioned officers of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers. It later also trained officers of the Royal Corps of Signals and other technical corps.

It began in 1741 to produce 'good officers of Artillery and perfect Engineers' and their 'gentlemen cadets' initially ranged in age from 10 to 30.

RMA Woolwich was commonly known as The Shop because its first building was a converted workshop of the Woolwich Arsenal. This is where the common phrase 'talking shop' comes from - meaning 'to discuss subjects not understood by others'.

It's reputed that the name for the cue game 'snooker' (allegedly invented by a former cadet of the Academy) is said to derive from a slang term for newly arrived cadets: the French term 'les neux', which was later corrupted into 'snooks'.

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The Royal Military Academy

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