Tag: Explosives Industry

By Liam Heatherson

Benfleet Explosives Magazines

Seven Victorian tunnel-like magazines were built on the Benfleet waterfront near Jotmans in the late part of the 19th Century. They would have been used for the storage of explosives by barges possibly on the way to London or nearby explosives factories (where is now Wat Tyler Country Park and Coryton Refinery). The Benfleet Community…

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By Joe Mander

Cliffe Explosives Factory

Cliffe Explosives Factory – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA Also known as ‘Curtis & Harvey’s Explosive Factory’ the site is now accompanied by loads of sheep, in which looking at pictures from last year, are a modern addition! According to 28DaysLater.co.uk: The factory began life as a Gunpowder Works, established in 1892 by Hay, Merricks and…

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By Joe Mander

Wells Firework Factory

Now an overgrown brownfield site, this was once the factory for one of the leading fireworks companies in the whole of the UK. Joseph Wells was the founder of ‘Wells Fireworks’ and established it in Dartford in 1837. He learnt his trade as an explosive lighter man, working along the Thames. The company rapidly became…

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