|||Aerial View of Cross Gates Carriage/Works during fire incident (Cross Gates) (9 comments)
|29th March, 1975
Aerial view of Cross Gates Carriage Works on Manston Lane, the firm of Charles H. Roe. A small fire is being attended to by several engines. Nine metro buses worth £120,000 each had to be pushed to safety. Charles H Roe's company was formed in 1916. After closure in the 1980's new investment was generated and buses are still being built here under the name of Optare Lted. Curving down from the right edge is Manston Lane. Barnbow Royal Ordnance factory is bottom right. People can be seen walking along the path on the site of the dismantled railway line which runs from top to bottom, left. Running parallel with it are houses and gardens in Pendas Way.
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|||Aerial View, Manston, showing Royal Ordnance Factory Barnbow (Cross Gates) (17 comments)
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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|||Austhorpe Road, junction with Manston Lane (Cross Gates) (1 comment)
View of Austhorpe Road from the junction with Manston Lane. Rows of terraced housing can be seen, starting with no. 148 on the left. Austhorpe Road continues around the corner to the left until the railway bridge after which it becomes Austhorpe Lane.
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|||Barnbow Munitions Factory, fire practice (Cross Gates) (3 comments)
View shows women taking part in a fire practice at the Barnbow Munitions Factory on Manston Lane. This factory was set up during the First World War to manufacture munitions for the troops. Though health and safety practices were in place, as seen here, in such a highly dangerous atmosphere some accidents could not be prevented and 3 fatal explosions took place. On the 5th December 1916 35 women were killed, on 31st March 1917 two girls died and on 31st March 1918 3 men were the casualties.
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|||Barnbow Munitions Factory, injured women and nurses (Cross Gates) (1 comment)
View showing a group of injured women, and the nurses caring for them, following an explosion which took place at the Barnbow Munitions Factory on 5th December 1916. These were the lucky ones as 35 of their colleagues were killed in the accident. The factory, on Manston Lane, was set up in 1915 as a shell filling factory to provide munitions for the troops in the First World War. From March 1916 it started to produce amatol, a highly explosive material made up of TNT mixed with ammonium nitrate, which resulted in 3 fatal explosions over the next 2 years, this being by far the largest.
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