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Report - Explosives Factory - Cliffe - March 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Rat Skank, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Rat Skank

    Rat Skank 28DL Member
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    Apr 18, 2012
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    So I was out on a bike ride with some friends a few years ago and came across this place, I had NEVER heard of it and have been going riding/walking/camping and exploring them for the past 20 years! Amazing what you can miss just by not looking!! I apologise for the quality of the pics as they were on iPhone, but I plan to go back and do a full explore with a good camera so will up date then.
    After some searching I've found a LOT of history on this place, heres some from pastscape.com
    The Explosives Factory at Cliffe is situated about two
    kilometres to the northwest of the village of Cliffe on the south
    bank of the Thames. The factory began life as a Gunpowder Works,
    established in 1892 by Hay, Merricks and Company, gunpowder makers
    of Roslin, Scotland. It was a specialised Gunpowder Works engaged
    only in the finishing operations of gunpowder manufacture, namely
    blending, dusting and packing. A jetty was constructed to receive
    and dispatch powder and the original licence plan showed it was
    intended to construct 14 buildings. However, it appears that only
    two buildings were erected. An amending licence was issued and the
    site was used for the storage of explosives and electrical
    detonators, with a potential capacity of 400 tons. During the Great
    War Curtis's and Harvey at Cliffe was listed as a place where
    gunpowder was either manufactured or stored.

    So on with some pics
    view from the marsh

    not the way to go with a bike

    southside tunnel to best preserved nitro glycerine bunker/store

    northside tunnel

    inside the nitro bunker

    and again

    from in the munitions stores

    this is on the other side of the area to the rest and seems to be different from the rest, used by sheep now...

    Hope people find this interesting, there's alot more to explore and I have some good vids of around the nitro bunker :D

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