RNAD Broughton Moor - May 2022

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Newage

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Hi All
It`s been a wile but I`m back, time for some fence hoping.......

Looking at the former storage depot in Broughton moor Cumbria, this was a Royal Naval depot, it started life back in 1939 it was expanded over its life and
changed hands to many users. Starting off at 800 acres the depot finally ended up being 1050 acres (for all you metric children 1050 acres is f**** huge).
The depot started off being used by the Royal Navy then in 1963 it was leased to FRG German republic, then in 1977 it changed hands again and was handed
over to the US Navy then in 1981 it changed hands once again being used by NATO as a storage depot, it ended it`s life in 1992, some houses are being built
on the site but theses on take a tiny part of the site.

Oh and slap bang in the middle of the site is a former coal mine, this dates back to 1873-1932), there is a huge mound on site that I though might of been
underground bunkers or underground water storage but turns out it`s the old spoil heap from the coal mine.

I can`t find much info on what went on but looking at the buildings 99% are for storage once all railway connected but in the middle of the site there are
many mega process buildings, so my guess would be bulk explosives would be filled in to Navel weapons, mines, torpedo`s, shells etc, some of the storage
building in the middle have large scale heating systems.

Right enough of all this waffle lets get looking at some sexy concrete.

One of the medium side storage sheds.
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A wee peek inside.
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This I`m guessing is a rail transit building, standard gauge on the Left and narrow gauge on the right hand side, internal offices and loading cranes.

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The "Above" sheds are small ones to the north of theses are "BIG" transit sheds.

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Right enough of all this tame storage shed guff lets get our arse over to the process area.

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Next to this area is a large earth bund split in to 3 sections, in each section is a wooden process or research building.

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Getting up on top of the bund and looking down on the buildings inside. (on a side note the huge hill in the background is the former coal mine spoil heap.

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Well if you are still with me well done, we are now about to get to the cool area - concrete protected process building.

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Inside the above area.

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these are or were rail connected on the other side, loading platforms and over head cranes some of the rail is still in place.
Bit of random signage.

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The rest of the wooded area to the north is filled with small storage sheds, its a bit of a mission getting to them, but they do look and feel good.
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Right that`s your lot, like I said the site is huge so this will do, thanks for looking all and any comments are most welcome -
(If you don`t comment - I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE)
If you want more pictures head on over to my FlickR site at :- RNAD Broughton Moor

Cheers Newage

Go on as an added bonus since you made it this far, an explore is only an explore when it involves scary looking blokes in Russian gas masks.



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Incredibly interesting looking site!

I just had a look on google maps and you aren't wrong about how huge that site is, that place is something else!
 

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That does look really cool place, great report!
 

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Cool, good to see an update. I went a few years ago and apart from sheep grazing and someone doing an early morning slow drive around the perimeter road, it was very peaceful.

IIRC the process buildings were used to steam explosives and/ or propellant out of old or time expired munitions. The buildings are a bit like the feel of Ardeer and Bishopton but on a smaller scale.
 

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Cool, good to see an update. I went a few years ago and apart from sheep grazing and someone doing an early morning slow drive around the perimeter road, it was very peaceful.

IIRC the process buildings were used to steam explosives and/ or propellant out of old or time expired munitions. The buildings are a bit like the feel of Ardeer and Bishopton but on a smaller scale.
Hi Mate
Cheers for the information about the steam extraction... now it makes sense as to what I was looking at in and around the large earth bunded area.

Cheers Newage
 

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