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Report - Llanberis RAF Reserve Depot (Bomb Store), October 2010

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by ZerO81, Oct 24, 2010.

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    History

    Llanberis RAF Reserve Depot was a munitions store located at FFord Clegir, Llanberis, Caernarvonshire.

    It was opened at the outbreak of World War II for the storage of up to 18,000 tons of bombs for the RAF. However, in January 1942 much of the structure collapsed burying almost 14,000 tons of bombs. Although most of the stock was recovered, it brought the end of underground storage there.

    The site was still used for the storage of incendiaries and other material. The demolition and burning of explosives within the quarry area started in June 1943 when the Royal Air Force School of Explosives moved to the site. The destruction of explosives continued until July 1956 when the site was closed.

    However the problem of unexploded ordnance proved a major problem and in 1969 a decision was taken to clear the entire site of explosives and explosive debris. In 1973 the lake was drained to reveal that the bed of the lake was littered with explosive items including a number of large bombs. It took another two years to clear this.

    The Visit

    Got to Llanberis reasonably early today, then spent the next 2 hours wandering around the slate mines trying to find the place.

    I was just about to give up on ever finding the place when i decided to ask my 4th local out walking their dog (the first 3 had never even heard of it), luckily for me, Margaret and her 2 dogs were a great help, she took me to the exact road i needed to follow, which turnes out to be the first road i looked at and decided to carry on!

    This was a solo visit.

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    #1 ZerO81, Oct 24, 2010
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