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P Bellamy
29-09-2010, 21:42
I've been trying for years to find out what these three buildings in Big Covert, Little Harrowden near Kettering, were used for: Wheresthepath link (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.3460564019157&lon=-0.7150930166244507&gz=18&oz=8&gt=1)

The only reason I've found to indicate they were for explosives use is that I saw a 1950s-60s 6-inch OS map in the British Steel archives many years ago with danger circles marked around them, 800yds IIRC.

All the best,
PB

Chris Lowe
29-09-2010, 22:26
Paul

I found these pictures one is titled old ICI ammunition magazines now used to store fireworks.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/945607

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/945603

Chris

Chris Lowe
29-09-2010, 23:05
From Harrowdens wiki entry

'In the far north of the parish is Big Covert and Ash pole Plantation. In Big Covert there are three ICI Munitions Storage Bunkers for a factory in Northamptonshire. The bunkers were built in the 1950's to house munitions for the cold war. Now only one of the bunkers is being used to hold fireworks. It diverts from the TK18 footpath near the top of Hilltop Road.'

Chris

Carnaby
29-09-2010, 23:51
Wonder where the factory was. Suspected No.20 Filling Factory, Northampton - only to discover that it was never built!

Graham

PETERTHEEATER
30-09-2010, 07:19
I have had these marked for a long time. There was a spread of pictures on '28 Days Later' site but I think it's now been dumped.

It doesn't make sense for Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.) to have been taking explosives output from a Royal Ordnance Factory. More likely, ICI were stored commercial explosives such as dynamites and blasting gelatines for use in quarrying and mining and which were manufactured in one of their plants somewhere in the UK but stored here for local distribution.

Chris Lowe
30-09-2010, 12:09
I've heard of this plase before maybe it was on the 28 day site that I saw it.
Quarrying seem very likely Peter considering Northamptonshires not to distant past.

ealker
19-10-2010, 14:45
I wrote that, I have visited the magazines on numerous occasions with my friends and we got caught once.
Inside the forest "BIG COVERT" we found bomb shells, bullets and radio equipment. Also, I went into a courtyard in front of the MAIN entrance and there was a big ICI sign. Gathering local knowledge, it was built in the 1950s and it was heavily guarded to about 1991. Lots of people have visited this site, some people have come as far as Cambridge to see what they actually are. I first discovered the "Bunkers" (as they are called in our village LITTLE HARROWDEN) whilst looking at a new road map and it read "EXPLOSIVES STORE" so that weekend me and my mates gathered local Intel to see the best possible route there. So on the sunday, we went and discovered them. They have still not stopped fascinating me and will make a 5th return visit soon. The first time I went was 2 years ago. I hope this has answered you question P Bellamy. I will post some pictures next time I go there.

PETERTHEEATER
20-10-2010, 10:25
Mmm...smells of covert storage.

Hal_Chase
20-10-2010, 12:26
Quarrying seem very likely Peter considering Northamptonshires not to distant past.

Last week I put this question to someone who was very involved in the quarrying and mining industry locally, suggesting it might have once been connected but they knew nothing of the place. (They had their own 'magazines' on site)

ealker
20-10-2010, 19:46
Last week I put this question to someone who was very involved in the quarrying and mining industry locally, suggesting it might have once been connected but they knew nothing of the place. (They had their own 'magazines' on site)


http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsEuoKdHalNDivENv3KdxMsjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid =20061012050011AAW67vb

Hal_Chase
20-10-2010, 20:55
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsEuoKdHalNDivENv3KdxMsjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid =20061012050011AAW67vb

Sorry but I'm missing your point, what was the link for please?

Jenna
25-11-2011, 22:19
From Harrowdens wiki entry

'Now only one of the bunkers is being used to hold fireworks.'

Chris

The last standing firework manufacture of any size is the coinsidentaly not too far away Kimbolton Fireworks ;-)

Chris Lowe
25-11-2011, 22:27
Yes in the bomb store at Alconbury.
My re-enactment group buys from them.

Jenna
26-11-2011, 14:20
think they only moved on to Alconbury on late 09? ...pre this they had stuff squirrelled away all over the place. (think Cube are on there too now!).