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Report - ROF WREXHAM

optimus

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28DL Member
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This is my first exploration I chose it as it's close to my house, I'd like to go again to see a few more of the buildings in the woods. Here goes abit more about the place:

ROF Wrexham during WW2 the site employed 13,000 workers. The factory made cordite, an explosive propellent for shells. The site was chosen for its distance from German bomber bases in Europe while having good rail networks and a rural location that provided a good supply of labour. The complex was spread over a large area to minimise any damage from aerial attack. The main buildings were camouflaged and existing farm buildings were left in situ to help protect the site against reconnaissance. Many of the original buildings can still be seen today and still house smaller businesses on the estate; these can be distinguished from the 1950s buildings by large grids near the roof, essential for ventilation of the buildings.
The site was well defended, both on the ground and from the air several type 22 and type 24 pillboxes still remain in the area, found in areas untouched by modern industrial developments, and the entire site was under a mile away from RAF Wrexham, which was home to at least one fighter squadron, for defending the region's industrial assets from bomber attack.

After the war, the need for cordite ceased, and in 1945 the production facilities at Wrexham closed. Many of the buildings were left in place, abandoned, and agriculture again took over the fields surrounding the area.

Thanks for looking
 

mw0sec

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28DL Full Member
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Never realised that there was still something left to see. Must take a drive up the A55 sometime!
 

tigger

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Never realised that there was still something left to see. Must take a drive up the A55 sometime!
ROF Marchwiel was also known as Explosive Factory 35

As well as the bits shown there are several of the rail packing buildings and a couple more observation posts. Some pillboxes out in the fields. Within the 'developed' parts of the industrial numerous buildings remain if you look.

Amongst the stuff above....Natrator building, press house, wash water house, water tower, plenum heating house, mixing house, several of the latrines.

As you wander about you see the sets of buildings repeated - three distinct sets of process buildings (though from memory I can opnly think of two Nitatator buildings not three).

By far the worst thing about it in recent years was the litter left by the airsoft chaps who used it every other sunday.
 

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