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Aerial View, Manston, showing Royal Ordnance Factory Barnbow


Subject ID:
20031030_23878115
Location:
Cross Gates
Subject Year:
Copyright:
Aerofilms
Class number:
D LIB Barnbow (1)
Aerial View, Manston, showing Royal Ordnance Factory Barnbow
Description:
1963. Aerial view showing the Barnbow Royal Ordnance Factory at the top of the photo. The bottom half, below Pendas Way, shows the housing development consisting of the Pendas and Kelmscott streets. This was all part of the Manston estate, which had belonged to the Gascoigne family. The Royal Ordnance Factory, situated on Manston Lane, made guns and later tanks during the Second World War. It was built about half a mile from the site of the World War One Barnbow shell filling factory where three fatal explosions occurred. The WW2 factory eventually became part of the Vickers group, manufacturing the Challenger Tank. It is now closed.

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