The Royal Ordnance Factory
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What’s Left

Sadly, there is little left of this once famous site, a few old buildings dotted here and there on the Waterton and Brackla sites. These are difficult to find, and only two of the original Royal Ordnance Factory tunnels are still in use.

Following a reprieve in 1961 two of the tunnels were converted to nuclear bunkers for civil defence purposes, in 1981 they were upgraded to accommodate regional government headquarters for the whole of Wales. At the end of the cold war in 1991 they were sold off, and today are used as storage sites.

Site Remains
Arsenal Site Remains

Following a reprieve in 1961 two of the tunnels were converted to nuclear bunkers for civil defence purposes, in 1981 they were upgraded to accommodate regional government headquarters for the whole of Wales. At the end of the cold war in 1991 they were sold off, and today are used as storage sites.

The remaining five can be found, but their entrances have been blocked and covered over with earth and rubble. Evidence of the building complexes can still be found at Waterton in the earth mounds, and rubble of the old ordnance workshops, but not much else. At the Brackla site there are one or two old Cordite buildings still standing plus the odd derelict building and pillboxes, the rest have disappeared forever.

Pill Box

Pill Box

Pill Box

Pill Box

 

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