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Thread: Lion bricks / Ammo store, Scalford, Leics, Nov14

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    Default Lion bricks / Ammo store, Scalford, Leics, Nov14


    I found myself with a day free for exploring on my own, so had a mooch around the vale of Belvoir. Mixed luck with the day, but had a look round lockkeepers cottage, and this place. Nothing epic, but a curious place, especially as it was used by the MOD.


    Lion bricks opened around 1875 and closed around WWII. The site was also used as a quarry. There are around 10 buildings of various states of decay in the woods, and a few cottages for the workers which are still occupied to this day.
    In itís final lease of life, the site was occupied by the MOD from 1940 to 1955 to store ammunitions. This would explain the large concrete posts which would have secured the site in its day.
    There have been a number of proposals to re-develop the site over the years as a poultry farm and a caravan site, but all were declined. The latest proposal for a fishing lake and luxury log cabins was declined for a number of reasons.




















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    Great site and so secluded,thanks for sharing.

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    interesting enough, like the 3rd shot down, something about it I guess :)
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    Nice find, looks like the building had a narrow escape from the fallen tree in the second last photo.

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    Nice one, Some nice shots there!!

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    Nice one, nature is definitely winning! :p
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    Where abouts is this place? Can you get near to it by car? If so, how long would it take to walk to? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkMagpie91 View Post
    Where abouts is this place?.
    This excellent report contains all the information one needs to find the place - and much easier to get into now that the barbed wire and fence mesh have disappeared. One of a number of similar stores around the UK that were used to store and issue small arms ammunition - packed for immediate use. In the late 60's it was still possible to find the odd damaged ammo box scattered around - the trees and undergrowth having not yet learnt the meaning of 'rampant growth'!

    Interestingly as the Cold War developed, it seems that the Authorities started to stockpile other commodities instead of ammunitions. In 1958, whilst visiting Clumber Park (in Nottinghamshire) with my parents, we stumbled on a huge storage area - small open ended Nissen huts full of wooden crates holding brown glass winchester bottles or large metal oblong tins (much like the rusty ones seen in the above photographs). Years later through my work I realised the chemicals were probably suppressant foam additives and decontaminating agents - the site being a Civil Defence Storage facility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkMagpie91 View Post
    Where abouts is this place? Can you get near to it by car? If so, how long would it take to walk to? Thanks.
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