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Barnbow Munitions Factory, group photograph of workers (Cross Gates) (3 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View of a group of workers taken at the Barnbow Munitions Factory during the First World War. The National Shell Filling Factory was built on 313 acres of land belonging to the Gascoigne Estate and many of the workers there were women. It was dangerous work and 35 women were tragically killed in an explosion on 5th December, 1916. Another two young women lost their lives on 31st March 1917 and three men died in another accident just one year later, on 31st March 1918. In the centre, the young girl who is not wearing a cap can be identified as Marcella Elizabeth Smith, later Holmes. She was born in 1898 and was in her late teens at the time this photograph was taken. She lived in Back Craven Street in Woodhouse. On the back two rows the majority are older men, most wearing flat caps and some are in aprons. On the front row five children sit cross-legged.
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Barnbow Munitions Factory, injured women and nurses (Cross Gates) (1 comment)
Black & White image1916. 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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Union Bridge, following bomb explosion (Pudsey) (1 comment)
Black & White image14th March 1941 View showing Union Bridge on Roker Lane following bomb explosion Union Mills can just be seen.
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