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Ossington_2008
03-12-2008, 19:11
The most Northerly of the forward bulk mustard gas depots. The faint line in the background was a railway line with a connection.
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/CottingwithgasstoreOct93.jpg

NJR
03-12-2008, 19:53
Ossie

I've always known this as Escrick (FFD 5)

I visited in January this year, the railway line was the Derwent Vally railway, some of the stations can be still be seen nearby. Photos from my visit below, including the stations.

http://oldairfields.fotopic.net/c1444791.html

NJR

PETERTHEEATER
04-12-2008, 09:47
Yes. I agree that it is Escrick Forward Filling Depot 5. Stand-alone depot administered by 80 sub MU.

8m SE of York

The picture is taken looking almost due East.

Carnaby
06-12-2008, 17:19
Cottingwith was the official name of the FFD sub-site of 80MU Escrick. It's also known as West Cottingwith and opened 1.6.44 at a cost of 99,000.

(In the same way that Barnham's FFD was known as Little Heath, and Melchbourne Park's was Riseley)

Cottingwith (codenamed 'Station Site') stored 500 tons of Pyro mustard gas in 1945 in its two tanks. It was disposed of c.1955, then under 91MU Acaster Malbis, later becoming 93MU Rufforth.

I visited the site in 1989 and found the tank area surrounded by a secure chainlink fence with suitable warning notices. The tanks themselves were capped by large concrete blocks. It all appeared to be very recent in comparison with the other FFDs at the time.

The tanks seem to have gone on Ossy's pic, and the whole eastern part of the site here (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=53.877321~-0.971335&style=a&lvl=17&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=27926295&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1) now appears to be wooded.

PETERTHEEATER
07-12-2008, 10:16
Thanks Graham, I thought there were two separate sites until I went back through my notes and found that they were one and the same.

canberra
11-12-2008, 20:39
I thought Bowes Moor was the most northerly of the mustard gas sites?

Carnaby
12-12-2008, 20:08
I thought Bowes Moor was the most northerly of the mustard gas sites?
Correct - but Ossington's original post stated 'Bulk' and 'Forward'. Bowes was a Reserve depot storing generally 'filled' munitions - certainly nothing in Bulk. It also stored other chemical agents including Phosgene and Smoke Generating stuff.

Graham

canberra
12-12-2008, 20:28
And I read something in the paper about tests being done at Bowes moor about the levels of contamination.

Denis
11-09-2011, 17:49
And I read something in the paper about tests being done at Bowes moor about the levels of contamination.

Read on!
45,000 rounds of ammunition found at the former Cottingworth site.
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/8981455.45_000_rounds_of_live_ammunition_found_in_ field/?ref=mr

PETERTHEEATER
13-09-2011, 05:19
Plenty more caches like that remain undiscovered. But 45,000 rounds is not a lot. We found over 160,000 in one hole at Duxford in 1965.