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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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Manston Park, view of rose garden (Cross Gates) (7 comments)
Black & White image1964. View of the rose garden in Manston Park (also known as Crossgates Recreation Ground). A woman and a toddler, standing on the path, pose for the camera. A baby sits upright in the coach-built pram facing its mother. Another woman, with a pushchair, is seated and two children play nearby. On the left is a shelter and the view looks towards the gated entrance in Manston Gardens.
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Manston Public House, off Austhorpe Road (Cross Gates) (6 comments)
Black & White image1964. A man walks with his small child from the direction of Austhorpe Road/Manston Lane towards the Manston, a Tetley's Public House. Several people can be seen seated at tables beneath umbrellas. The Manston is located off Austhorpe Road adjacent to Manston Park (also known as Cross Gates Recreation Ground). The Manston was at one time a hotel.
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