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Report - ROSM Featherstone August 2011

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by demonhunter, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. demonhunter

    demonhunter 28DL Full Member
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    Royal Ordnance Factory Featherstone was filling factory No.17, covering just over 64 hectares, the factory used to specialise in filling various munitions, including, Bombs, Shells, Smoke and Cartridges.

    It served a major role in WW2 but since then has remained derelict, at some point BAE Systems took over the site (which then turned to ROSM Featherstone) and kept the majority of the buildings but sold off 13 hectares to HMP Service who have now constructed a prison on the remains of certain parts of the site.

    It was shut down around 2000 due to the public learning about what they actually used in production after a fire. The factory produced high end military gear such as penetrators for cruise missiles made from Tungsten, the factory also produced weapons made from depleted uranium (the reason why it shut down) It didnt just produce stuff for the military, it produced tungsten products for every F1 team and various things for CERN, hospitals and nuclear power stations world wide, after it closed the work force moved to Heckler & Koch in Germany or MG Sanders in Stone who carried on the contracts for F1 / the military.

    At present the remainding site is up for disposal and planning permission has been sought to transform the site into a housing estate.

    The pictures....





    Stokers used to turn tungsten powder into its metal form










    #1 demonhunter, Sep 12, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011

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