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Report - ROF Rotherwas, Hereford - February 2016

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Mobutu, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Mobutu

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    Brief History:
    ROF Rotherwas was opened in November 1916 and was responsible for the final production of munitions, mostly shells. The facility was operational throughout both world wars and at its peak in late 1918 had 6000 workers, mostly women and produced around 70,000 shells per week! Production was vastly reduced after 1945 with The ROF finally closing in 1967.
    More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROF_Rotherwas

    Here's Clement Attlee checking out a warhead (1941):
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    The Site Today:
    There's very little left of the place today with most of the buildings being redeveloped or demolished for the nearby industrial estate. All that remains is one of the distribution buildings and a few storage buildings. Despite this the place is well worth a mooch if you're in the area.

    We didn't manage to capture the whole site as it's pretty spread out and we had a train to catch, anyway on with the pictures!

    The Distribution Building:
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    The shells would be loaded onto trucks via the overhead rails here:

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    The overhead rails:
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    A storage building:
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    Some slightly shite graffiti:
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    Another shot of the factory floor:
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    One of the remaining chemical stores:
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    Thanks for reading!


     
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  2. Ordnance

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    Jeez, that would have been some explosive content when full, I would hate to have been near it had it gone up in mass.

    In days of manual handling, gantries made light work of heavy shells & bombs.

    The warhead in picture 1 looks like a 21" Torpedo head, making the shells possibly 15" or 16" with again possibly a Mk V 500Lb Arial Bomb behind them.
     
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    please check spelling mistakes eg in mass [should be en mass]
     
  4. Mobutu

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    why does it matter?
     
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    Been there 3 time recently doing photoshoots with friends. We shot part of a surrealist film there on the 2nd ocassion so we took some scenery. That's where the door frame in 7th picture down came from. We thought we would leave it to confuse the next lot of stoners to turn up. :)
     
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