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Report - WW2 Munitions Factory Dalbeattie

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by caledonia84, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. caledonia84

    caledonia84 28DL Full Member
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    I grew up here and know the area very well, have memory's of the farmer chasing us away as kids, was like an adventure playground back then, went back up recently with my camera, could spend a couple of days taking photos easy.

    There's no security except the farmer who approached me I asked him if he minded me taking photos and he was fine with it. The army use this place as for training and war games at certain times of the year. (not sure when exactly)

    Here's some history:

    Edingham was built in 1939. McAlpine Construction was given the contract on a time and materials basis which meant there was no restriction to the final cost which amounted to £3.5 million.

    Most of the factory was built by hand. Drag lines and basic diggers which had no cabs or hydraulic rams, were also used. Over 3000 men, the majority of them Irish, were used in the building and labouring. The Irish navvies stayed in wooden huts, which were later used to house prisoners of war from 1943 to 1947.

    The area for the site was taken from six farmers who were paid a minimal fee. The total site was 300 acres, 180 of which came from Edingham Farm. One of the main reasons for choosing this site was the fact that the Dumfries to Stranraer railway line passed through it, making it an ideal location with easy transportation of cordite and nitro-glycerine for onward processing.

    It took 8 miles of high security fencing to surround the site, which was made up of two identical halves, so as to prevent production being interrupted if a key building was hit and put out of action.

    The buildings themselves were dug into the earth and then surrounded by steep sides, like a large pudding basin. This ensured that, should an explosion occur, the force of the blast went upwards causing less damage, and not outwards to damage other parts of the site.

    Cordite and nitro-glycerine were the main products manufactured. These highly dangerous products were hauled around by unshod horses and carts, supplied by farmers, to prevent any sparks which might have sent the place sky-high.

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