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Search Aspect ( Royal Ordnance Factory )
Location - Leeds & District

Aerial View, Manston, showing Royal Ordnance Factory Barnbow (Cross Gates) (17 comments)
Black & White image1963. 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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Hitchen's Department Store, Royal Ordnance Factory staff on a recruiting campaign (City Centre)
Black & White image1941. Image shows female staff who are employed at the Royal Ordnance Factory at Thorp Arch during the Second World War. They are pictured at the drapery department store of M. C. Hitchen & Sons Ltd., located at numbers 129 to 132 Briggate, at the corner with King Edward Street, where they are taking part in a recruitment campaign. This recruitment drive was continued throughout Yorkshire at this time in a bid to recruit young women to the essential occupation of shell filling. All the girls in the photograph are aged between 21 and 22 years old and the pair at the right-hand side are from Wakefield. On the back row, in the centre of the group of five, is Joyce Hooper who became Joyce Page on her marriage to Kenneth Page in 1948. She lived in the last private house on Main Street, Wetherby. Her mother had also worked filling shells as a young girl during the First World War at Barnbow Munitions Factory. On the left, at the front, is Connie Nightingale, also from Wetherby. The other girls are from the Castleford/Pontefract area. One of the bombs shown is addressed "to Mussolini" and the other "to Adolf from Yorkshire".
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Manston Park, group portrait of workers at the Royal Ordnance Factory (Cross Gates) (1 comment)
Black & White imagec1942. Image taken in Manston Park c1942. It shows a group of women workers from the nearby Barnbow Royal Ordnance Factory. The factory opened in 1940 half a mile from the former site of the shell-filling factory on Barnbow Common during the years of the Great War. The women wore boiler suits and their hair was kept covered for safety reasons by scarves in different colours according to their individual roles. Mrs Elizabeth Jackson, a married woman with four children, is seen on the extreme left wearing a light-coloured boiler suit. She would have worn a blue headscarf as she was employed as one of the 150 overhead crane drivers in the tank factory. This was quite a dangerous task which required a head for heights. Some of the other women she is pictured with were welders, riveters and electricians. A crane driver could earn £3-10 shillings for a 60 hour week. Other women on piece-work earned as much as £5 per week. These rates of pay were comparatively good in the war years. During the Second World War 2,000 women made up two thirds of a workforce of 3,000. They manufactured guns for the army and the Royal Navy and eventually retrofitted Sherman tanks with high velocity 17pdr tank guns. In 1944 the ROF was chosen to build Centurion tanks as a result of the successful Sherman retrofit programme. Image courtesy of Peter Jackson.
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Manston Park, Royal Ordnance Factory women workers (Cross Gates)
Black & White imagec1942. Image shows women workers from the nearby Royal Ordnance Factory, AKA Barnbow, who have gathered together for a photograph in Manston Park. The factory had opened in 1940 and immediately began recruiting workers. Eventually, there were 3,000 people employed here, 2,000 of them women. They were employed in the manufacture of guns, retro-fitting Sherman tanks with new, high velocity 17pdr guns and from 1944, building Centurion tanks. These women had to learn new skills such as welding and rivetting and so initially served an eight week probationary period. Mrs Elizabeth Jackson, seen to the extreme left wearing a light-coloured boiler suit, was one of 150 women employed as a driver of overhead cranes. These electrically driven cranes were used to transport heavy components around the factory, for instance gun barrels. Crane drivers earned £3-10 shillings per week (a good wage at the time). They could be operating the crane after as little as four days training and were recognisable by their blue headscarves. It was considered a dangerous job as the women had to climb up into the roof and over the top of the crane before lowering themselves into the cab. Other workers also wore coloured scarves; red for charge-hands, white for inspectors, green for machine operators and yellow for labourers. During the years of the Second World War around 1.5 million women were employed in the munitions factories throughout the United Kingdom. Through their skill and work ethic they played a vital role in the defence of the country. Image courtesy of Peter Jackson.
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