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  1. There were four different types of munitions factory: Engineering factories producing the metal casings for bombs and shells or, in some instances, producing parts, rifles, guns and tanks. Small-arms factories producing the bullet casings. (These factories were often existing engineering factories turned over to war production.) Explosive factories manufacturing various explosive agents. Filling factories to fill the bomb and shell casings with the explosives. This site produced Cordite and 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. This ROF employed circa 13000 during WW2 mainly women. The Ministry of Works built a large water abstraction and treatment plant , just to supply the plant. To connect the site to the national rail network, a large marshalling yard of 10 separate roads was constructed, and these connected to the works' internal network of rail lines. A passenger platform was built for military usage. All the cordite produced at the plant was taken by these sidings to Crewe. The site was well defended, both on the ground and from the air; several Type 22 Pillboxes and Type 24 Pillboxes and the entire site was under a mile away from RAF base, which was home to at least one fighter squadron, for defending the region's industrial assets from bomber attack.
  2. ROF Featherstone is one of those sites that I had been meaning to visit for ages but always found something else to occupy myself with, but after the spanner in the works yesterday of being told that the main target of todays trip was sealed and alarmed we decided to make the 'back-up' site the main explore with the visiting of other back-ups after. However after a truly fraught journey involving mega delays - thanks to the 42 car pile-up on the M40 and the awful roadworks on the M5, and a lunch break - we only had time for this place. As far as explores go it'll never set the world on fire but it was a nice chilled wander, and this place is massive with dozens of different buildings albeit a bit samey after a while. There isn't much left inside at all but it has a bundle of brilliant graffiti dotted around which was nice to see. Half the site is now the location of HMP Oakwood and this half is just sat there doing nothing for the time being. Some of the choice graffiti. Thanks for looking more photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157650804420142/
  3. I used to live in featherstone as a child and remember this site well. We called it the Ministry and would play here for hours. sometimes bringing the police helicopter out.lol well enough about my history, heres some on ROF Featherstone: Royal Ordnance Factory Featherstone was filling factory No. 17. The factory used to specialise in filling various munitions, including, bombs, shells, smoke bombs and cartridges. It served a major role in WWll but has since remained derelict.There are many buildings on site, as they were needed to house the different types of munitions which would need to be segregated. BAE Systems took over the site and kept the majority of the buildings but sold some off to neighbouring Brinsford prison. for a while the prisoners looked after cattle here and did tasks in the milk parlour. (Evidence of this can still be seen). The prison eventually extended its buildings on their land. BAE promised the locals there would be a creation of community forests and local residents are still waiting for this promise to be fulfilled. At present the remaining site is up for disposal and planning permission has been sought to transform the site into a housing estate. Really good explore with some great art work upon the decaying walls. Big thanks for looking. :0)
  4. Decided to head up to Staffordshire on a sunny weekend morning with my usual mooching partner. Set off mid morning and after satnav tried several times to send us down the M6 toll road we arrived in Featherstone, spotted a likely parking spot and strolled in. We paid the price of setting off late as we only managed to get half way round the site before losing the light. Anyone that knows this place (I think most people have wandered around here at some point) will know it's pretty trashed but I have to say we really enjoyed a leisurely 4 hours just taking photos and enjoying the peace and quiet. Did wonder what had killed the four dead chickens (?) we came across on the way in as they didn't have a mark on them. Sunday roast anyone ? Will no doubt be returning at some point soon to see the bits we missed. A bit of history pilfered from here and there... 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 WWII 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). I think this part of the site has now disappeared under the new prison. Now for the pics... Stokers used to turn tungsten powder into its metal form Happy Christmas and thanks for looking
  5. The site is now home to sheep, lots and lots of sheep I have a strong dislike for farm animals unless they are fried and between slices of bread The only good sheep
  6. For those who don't like street art look away now. Not much info to be found on tinterwebs during my 5 seconds of reserching. The site is pretty sizeable and bigger still before bits were demo'd and a big prison built right next door (think the land it's on also used to be part of the factory - but not 100% on that) Nice relaxed mooch - stripped to just bare buildings now but still a nice mooch, several shelters throughout the site and lots and lots of street art. As we were almost done I saw a figure coming on site in a white shirt .. fellow explorer ? No two G4S seccas from the prison next door. . They'd noted my car had been parked on the road for 4 hours and just wanted to check all was OK. On explaining what we were doing there they told us to carry on and bade us farewell - jolly nice chaps they were too. Visited with the man that some call ....... Zero81
  7. CS, RD and Hood_Mad had been the week before and I'd been badgering Hood all week to go and he finally succumbed. On this explore was Hood_mad, Bone_mad and myself. We first went to see 8X7, which is a fantastic experience, we followed the tunnel, past some spectacular collapses (deliberate???) right to the end to where the tunnel has been concreted shut, if you're really quiet here, you can hear running water below your feet. All the way along the tunnels, there are these fantastic stalagmites and stalactites, Most of the side tunnels have (been) collapsed and the concrete roof has fallen down blocking the entrances, there are two open ones near the beginning of 8X7 but they don't look far off collapsing. All around the place, there are pieces of the steel supporting hoops which are about 1" thick girders that supported the roof structure, these have been broken (blown) into pieces by some force. The edges are slightly molten. Everywhere we went, Bone_mad was there, she was exploring every nook and cranny, loving every minute. No puddle was too deep, no wall too high. We then moved onto 8X6, which had a smaller entrance, we had to get a picture of the fake appendage mentioned in the other threads, CS, look away now or you'll have nightmares!! Scattered around the place were these fantastic heavy duty lamps. And the switchwork. We were very hesitant about going right to the bottom of this tunnel as there were significant collapses of the side walls and of the link tunnels, but as always, a bit of taunting put our balls in the right place and we (very quietly) made our way to the far end. Nothing makes you place your feet carefully as the threat of imminent collapse. At the end of this tunnel, there is a lot of running water passing below your feet, it is quite loud. We obviously didn't spend long down here, but on the way back, we spotted this set of rollers that would have been along the tunnel for pushing boxes down. We made our way a bit further up the tunnel and spotted a ladder going up one of the collapsed side tunnel roofs. I squeezed my way up and on top of the tunnel, either side of the entrance was a ladder that went down between the double skins. There was enough headroom for me to crouch and walk all the way along the top of the tunnel to the other side which was the right-hand tunnel of 8X6. I saw significant collapses on this side and was not about to venture there. We made our way out of the tunnel through the gap. We had a quick peek in 8X5 as I wanted to go see the other bunkers. We walked up to the north west one (scared the life out of some teenage dopeheads) and had a look around. Past some guard huts. Then to the middle (secured) one. The old alarm system. The new alarm system. In all the excitement, I forgot to take a full photo of this one, we walked all the way over the top of it, there is definately no other way in, lol. It was getting dark by now so we made our way home. J.