|||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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|||Bardsey Lodge, Tithe Barn Lane (Bardsey)
|23rd March 2008.
Image shows Bardsey Lodge in Tithe Barn Lane, a Grade II listed building constructed in coursed rubble with a stone slate roof. To the right of the off-centre doorway the carved initials of Samuel Abbott and the date of 1729 are visible. These were above the original doorway which has been walled up. There are four windows to the first floor (the
smaller one not visible). On the ground floor there is an 8 paned long narrow window to the left of the
door and four paned sash windows also. The photograph was taken in the snow on Easter Sunday morning.
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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, group photograph of workers (Cross Gates) (3 comments)
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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