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Aerial View of Cross Gates Carriage/Works during fire incident (Cross Gates) (9 comments)
Black & White image29th 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)
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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Austhorpe Road, junction with Manston Lane (Cross Gates) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. 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, portrait of three young female workers (Cross Gates)
Black & White image1917. Portrait of three young female workers taken during the First World War at the Barnbow Munitions Factory in Manston Lane. The factory was officially known as "National Filling Factory No. 1" and it was purpose-built, opening in December 1915. The "Barnbow Lasses" pictured are taking a break from filling shells. In the years of the Great War Barnbow was staffed by a high percentage of women, at the height it was around 93%. The work was very hard and hazardous with long hours and no holidays. Each woman was searched at the start of her shift to ensure that she had no metal hairpins or buttons etc. on her person; only wood or bakelite objects were allowed. Cigarettes and matches were obviously banned items also. The women were at risk from the extremely dangerous chemicals they had to work with. Fatalities due to explosions in the factory occurred on three separate occasions. The most tragic of these happened on the night of Tuesday, 5th December, 1916, when 170 women were working their shift in Room 42. A huge explosion killed 35 of the women instantly and many more suffered severe injuries. Other occupational hazards included working with chemical propellants which had the ominous effect of turning the exposed skin and hair yellow. Because of this the women workers were dubbed the "Barnbow Canaries". The girls were encouraged to drink plenty of milk to counteract the effects. Barnbow actually had its own farm with a herd of dairy cows producing 300 gallons of milk each day. In the centre of the picture is Sarah Spink Hooper, nee Ellis, who married Arthur Hooper in 1916. The couple were from Wetherby and their daughter Joyce was also occupied filling shells during the Second World War, at the Royal Ordnance Factory at Thorp Arch. Sarah was born in 1893 so would have been 24 when this photograph was taken.
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Cross Gates, aerial view (Cross Gates) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. Aerial view looking south-west over Cross Gates with Manston on the right and in the distance Austhorpe (left), Halton (centre) and Seacroft (right). Fields cover the bottom half of the picture with the developed area above being bordered by Manston Lane (left) and Penda's Way (right). Just to the left of centre is the Barnbow Works which produced munitions during the Second World War. To the right of centre is the motor works of Charles H. Roe Ltd.
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