MARCHWIEL ROYAL ORDNANCE FACTORY, WREXHAM

Site Details



NPRN
308980
Map Reference
SJ35SE
Grid Reference
SJ38005000
Unitary (Local) Authority
Wrexham
Old County
Flintshire
Community
Abenbury
Type of Site
MUNITIONS FACTORY
Broad Class
Industrial
Period
Modern;20th Century

Site Description

1. Former World War 2 Ordnance Factory, covering 1,400 acres (2.5km E-W by 3km N-S) and employing 13,000 workers. Served by an extensive internal railway system branching from the former Cambrian railways line between Ellesmere and Wrexham. Post war, the site was adapted for re-use as Wrexham Trading Estate, now Wrexham Industrial Estate.
Numerous pill boxes and other defensive structures stand around the site.
B.A.Malaws, RCAHMW, 29 August 2003.

2. A Royal Ordnance Factory operating throughout WWII, producing solventless cordite, which was an explosive propellant used in shells and rockets. Closed in 1945, the buildings remain intact but derelict.
G.M.Edwards, RCAHMW, 25/09/2003.

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