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Report - R.O.F Featherstone(AT LAST!) October 2009

virusman26

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I know this place has been done to death, but one thing or another has always stopped me exploring this place. Finally done it with diluted as usual, got well excited when we got in, then had a massive let down, as the entire place is stripped and now nearing demolition!!

HISTORY:
Filling factories had a large number of buildings. Buildings were needed on the various Groups for filling of munitions. Explosives magazines were required by each Group to store the incoming explosive materials and to store the outgoing filled shells or gun cartridges, usually packed in ammunition boxes. Storage buildings were also needed on each Group to store the incoming empty shells, or cartridges, and the empty ammunition boxes.

For safety purposes, munitions were segregated into different compatibility Groups. A World War II Filling Factory would generally fill several different Groups of Munitions; and these Groups would be located in different geographical areas within the Danger Area of the Filling Factory.

The World War II Groups were:
* Group 1: Initiators, such as caps and detonators for primers and fuzes.
* Group 2: Fuze pellets, exploder pellets, exploder bags.
* Group 3: Filling of fuzes.
* Group 4: Blending of gunpowders for time fuzes.
* Group 5: Filling of cartridges, such as filling cordite into cloth bags or into brass cartridge cases.
* Group 6: Manufacture of smoke producing compositions.
* Group 7: Small arms filling.
* Group 8: Filling of shells or bombs.
* Group 9: Large magazines, filled ammunition awaiting dispatch.In addition, a Filling Factory would have provision for limited proofing and testing of its munitions; and burning grounds for disposal of waste explosive material.

Outside of this Danger Area, but still within the factory site, would be located:
* administration offices;
* pay offices;
* workshops;
* a medical centre;
* changing rooms;
* contraband storage (for items prohibited in the Danger Areas, eg matches, tobacco, etc);
* search rooms;
* canteens (as many as 40 in some of the large factories).

Pics:

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Really not much to see anymore in this place. Many of the buildings are part way through demolision, and there has been a massive section already flattened. There is a demo crew on site, who we could hear at some points.
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Rest of the pics are here......
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8776781@N02/sets/72157622557291262/
 

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