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Report - Edingham Ministry of Supply Factory, Dalbeattie, Dumfries, May 2009

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Ariadne, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Ariadne

    Ariadne 28DL Full Member
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    Hi there.

    I wasn't originally intending to post this, as it's not in the same league as places like Bishopton etc. I also have absolutely no expertise whatsoever on military sites, so bear this in mind when reading! However, it's come up in discussions on another thread, so I thought I'd put it up.

    Right, this is BASIC history for non-military-history-buffs... lots more detailed info can be found at www.dalbeattie.com (that's also where most of the following info came from).

    The factory was built in 1939 to produce explosives. It was built mostly by hand, mostly by Irish labourers, and was originally surrounded by 8 miles of security fence, which gives you some idea of the size. The site is in fact two sites the same, so that production could continue if one section was destroyed. I'm guessing this is fairly standard for sites like this? A local farmer uses the site for his cattle, and the local police and armed forces use it quite often for training. I spent three blissful hours there in the evening sun and only explored a fraction of it - there's plenty more, including the nitration hills, pillboxes and a host of other stuff. There are quite a lot of photos below, but in my defence, they are quite small! It's hard to convey the size of the site on here. Some of the buildings are quite repetitive, but I came across some bizarre (not very military) stuff in a few of them...!

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    Ok, and for some fun:

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    Couldn't resist it:
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    And your guess is as good as mine... :crazy
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    Miaow. Constructive feedback gratefully received! Cheers.

    Ariadne
     

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