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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    I'm passing there in a few weeks, I'll take some pictures. I went there last year and took pictures of the CGI huts in the other direction. Alongside the top of the tanks is a disused railway cycleway. From what I remember, it looked very much like Chester Butter Hill Depot - which would not be too surprising (and probably built by McAlpines like everything else around here!)
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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    It also crops up in my "RAF Electricity Supplies" document:

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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    I did establish that the Griffiths Crossing site was supplied by 4 inch pipeline from a marine jetty/tank storage in Caernarfon; now overbuilt so, I assume, the spirit came from Stanlow by marine tanker.

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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    I took a few pictures there a few years ago, just happened to notice this thread (hope not already posted here!).

    I was tempted to try and get the RCAHMW to add a record for the site but don't have any contacts there.

    There also seems to have been an Ordnance Depot there.

    You can see the carousel for the fuel depot as you turn off the main road.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcoc...7630304523348/

    I was trying to date this when I did a search just now, you can see just the brickworks so pre-WWII. I think it is actually quite early because there are some of Bangor that seem to be 1920s

    http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/wpw045188


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    Anglesey and Gwynedd: The War Years 1939-45 describes the site.

    There was dockside storage at Caernarfon and four 250,000 gallon tanks were Griffith's Crossing. First transfer of fuel to the new site was 5th August 1941 via a four inch pipeline alongside the railway line. The petrol was then collected by road tankers operated by Pickfords, Cawood Wharton or Harold Wood for transfer to airfields - I commented about that the carousel site can still be seen. Also four gallon cans were assembled at a nearby industrial site for use at other military sites in the area. Four hundred and fifty people worked 12 hour shifts there.

    There are several images in the book - a pass card (identifying it as "Satellite 6"), a picture of the covered tanks alongside the brickworks and some by one of the road tankers.

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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    That's actually quite an excellent book.

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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    Not directly but found when looking up this site.

    1948
    War Dept
    Jerrycan Factory, Bridge Trafford - Mickle Trafford 333
    70 O.S.D. Tin Plate Works - Mold 3

    There was still a WD Jerrycan store at Mickle Trafford in 1955

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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    Thanks for the pictures Martin, the Romney huts are still in use I see.

    Why do you think the adjacent plot may have been an ordnance store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PETERTHEEATER View Post
    Thanks for the pictures Martin, the Romney huts are still in use I see.

    Why do you think the adjacent plot may have been an ordnance store?
    I think I must be mistaken about the huts being used as an ordnance depot. I thought I had seen a reference somewhere but it is not listed in the telephone directories. It might be because it looks so much like the one at Grantown but I suppose one big hut looks pretty much like another!.

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    Default Re: CAERNARVON- Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot WW2

    OK. As you are aware I like to chase ordnance and munitions storage sites but have nothing on this. Indeed having a fuel depot adjacent would be unusual!

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