Report - Holton Heath cordite factory labs 2010

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28DL Full Member
Aug 10, 2009
Many people have visited the RNCF at holton heath but i havent seen many pics from the labs which is on a seperate part of the estate.
A little history about the site.
The Royal Navy Cordite Factory, Holton Heath, (RNCF), was set up at Holton Heath, Dorset in World War I to manufacture Cordite for the Royal Navy. It was reactivated in World War II to manufacture gun propellants for the Admiralty and its output was supplemented by the Royal Navy Propellant Factory, Caerwent. After the end of World War II, the explosive manufacturing areas of the site were closed down and some areas of the site reopened as an Admiralty Research Establishment. A major part of the explosives site became a Nature Reserve [1] in 1981. Other parts of the site were converted into an Industrial Estate; and some may be used for housing.

The Admiralty Research Establishment became part of Defence Research Agency (DRA) and DRA Holton Heath finally closed in the late 1990s. None of the site is now owned by the Ministry of Defence.
The following shots are taken from several trips during the year, hope you like.









one of the bofor tower on the heath at night

thanks for looking.
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