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    Default Explosives Factory near Ware


    Further to my introduction post earlier, I 'rediscovered' this site earlier today. It's in the middle of a wood and the side of the building with the 'windows' in faces due West.





    Last edited by John_D; 29th Mar 11 at 09:15. Reason: Not a military site after all

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    Nice first report John.

    There are a lot of military buffs on here, so somebody will probably pop along soon and tell you a bit of history on the place, not me though, I was dragged around my first set of pillboxes last weekend and needed prodding with a sharp stick to keep me awake

    I don't know if you know about the Defence of Britain overlay for Google Earth.

    It overlays your Google earth maps with the positions and names of all your military type stuff etc....

    Its available for download here http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthread...&Number=863080

    Anyway, I'm nodding off just thinking about it!!!

    Give me an asylum anyday!!!

    Nelly

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    Hi John, I take it you mean ware in haertfordshire, if so can you let me know where this place is, I have done a ton of different places around that area and may know a bit about it already.

    Thanks, Dave

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    Default Defence of Britain overlay


    Thanks Nelly,
    that link didn't work for me but did a google search and found it :0). Quite surprisingly 'my' site appears to be unknown by them :0). There are a couple of sites that show up a mile or two away but that one remains anonymous. The style of the main building is quite distinctive so hopefully someone will be able to throw some light on it's original purpose. Would have taken more pictures but the spare battery for my camera that I had with me turned out to have not a great deal of charge in it :0(. May wander back again tomorrow and take some more pics, some inside this time as well. In the foreground of the first picture is a walled in enclosure, which appears to be contemporary with the roofless building, will get more pics of that as well.
    John....

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    Hi John I live in Ware and would like to check this out. Anyway you could put up a google earth link or try and discribe where it is? might walk down there today if it's not to far. cheers mate thanks for sharing.

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    Went back this morning with cYb3r9h0s7 took some more pics and found two more buildings from the same complex, hidden in the wood :0)

    The recessed walled area



    some more views of the original building







    A second smaller building of exactly the same construction




    A third smaller building with some post war brickwork 'repairing' it :0)



    Anybody throw any light on what the purpose of this might have been?
    Would appear to be part of the 1940/41 invasion defences but other than that I haven't a clue.

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    Great Photos! I shall be interested to find out what the site was! thanks for posting.

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    This OS map is dated 1923, there would appear to be several buildings that I haven't yet seen.:)


    The current aerial view as a comparison with the 1923 OS map
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    Mmm Interesting post and nice buildings.

    I see on the map there is Sabulite works, with explosives written underneath, but they do not look like munition stores.

    I'm sure some one will throw some light on it soon. :)



    http://sine.ncl.ac.uk/term_definitio...y&term_id=4931

    A factory or works principally engaged in the manufacture of the mining explosive sabulite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunker Bill View Post
    Mmm Interesting post and nice buildings.

    I see on the map there is Sabulite works, with explosives written underneath, but they do not look like munition stores.
    Do you think? Hardened thick concrete walled buildings in woods. Explosives was my first thought when I saw them.

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