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Report - ROF Featherstone, Stafford, May 2013

ZerO81

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ROF Featherstone, Stafford

History

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 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.

At present the remaining site is up for disposal and planning permission has been sought to transform the site into a housing estate.
Having seen a few reports from here, but not really knowing what was left on the site with a lot of talk of demolition, prisons and the like, we called into the site on the way back from another explore, it was quite late in the day and we soon realised it was far too big to start wandering round at that time, With it being a long weekend, we decided to return the next day.

Roll on the next day and we spent a good 5 or so hours casually wandering around the site, I think its probably the biggest place I have visited so far (aside from Prypyat), so I can only imagine just how big it was before the prison took away a good part of the land.

We saw no one for most of the day, until we had been there about 4 or so hours, as we were coming out of one of the buildings, we bumped into a couple of the prison guards from the prison next door, they had seen that our car had been parked near by for several hours and they had come to see if we had hung ourselves there (must be quite the site for it if that was their first thought), when they found us alive and well they wished us well and headed off back to their job.

Very trashed, but some interesting graffiti to be seen here.

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