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Offline kyn

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2011, 22:03:34 »
Remains of buildings 50,53, etc.. N.G. Power Station

Remains of building 251

Remains of building 223

Remains of building 222

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2011, 13:13:38 »
I can see the Harty Inn (pic 2) :)
Did you go to this part? 
http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=51.353543394905934~0.8733674883842468&lvl=19&sty=h

It looks interesting..

If you scan the picture to the right there are large areas full of water with remains of buildings near by , explosion area's ? maybe ?

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2011, 13:44:07 »
Crater left behind after the explosion at building 218

Crater left behind after the explosion at building 217

Remains of building 884

Remians of C.P.Co. N.G. Plant showing buildings 213, 215 & 216

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2011, 17:27:02 »
It's lovely to see the grave with all the daffs out. Thanks for adding it Wildfox and well done putting your first pic up.
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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2011, 17:08:49 »
Here is now the Grave of the Faversham Gunpower.


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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2011, 22:40:26 »
Remains of building 878


Remains of building 844


Remains of building 849


Remains of building 866

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2010, 19:23:14 »
Three of the men killed during this explosion are named on the War Memorial at Chilham, all three men were buried in the mass grave at Faversham.


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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2010, 14:22:26 »
Remains of 842


Remains of 871

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2010, 18:47:13 »
Building 861


Building 862

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2010, 19:33:39 »
The entire Cotton Powder Mills Works Fire Brigade were wiped out in the disaster.

  Fireman Stephen Epps, Fireman Herbert Foley, Fireman Stephen Vidgeon Sayewell (plus other names unknown)

                                                    "The Great Explosion"
"At 14.20 on Sunday 2nd April 1916, 109 men and boys were killed by an explosion at the Explosives Loading company factory, Uplees near Faversham. 15 tons of TNT and 150 tons of ammonium nitrate blew up when some empty sacks caught fire.

So great was the explosion, the windows across the Thames Estuary in Southend were shattered and the tremor was felt in Norwich. The crater made by the explosion was 40 yards across by 20 feet deep. the Cotton Powder Mills Company's huge factory adjacent to the Explosives Loading Company's plant was also seriously damaged. This was the worst disaster ever to occur in the history of the the UK's Explosives Industry. A brave attempt was made to extinguish the fire before it got out of control but the factory manager, George Evetts ordered everyone to leave the site when the situation became hopeless. However, the explosion occurred as everyone was leaving the site. Included in the (116) dead was the entire works fire brigade. Many firemen died in subsequent smaller explosions on the site. Many bodies were recovered from the surrounding marshes and dykes,  but seven were recorded as missing, most probally atomised by the explosion.

Many of the dead were buried in a mass grave at Faversham Cemetery on 6th April 1916"

Local Insurance company Fire Brigades attended together with the Army and many awards for bravery were announced in the London gazette about four years later.

Extract from KFRS Roll of Honour.

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2010, 14:58:09 »
That's awful.  Just spotted a man standing there in the middle of it all, with his reflection showing in the water.  What with gunpowder explosions blowing up factories, and bombs etc. blowing up ships, there's certainly a lot of damage been caused over the years hasn't there?  Nowadays a factory wouldn't be allowed to open if there was the slightest hint of a problem.
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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2010, 22:34:23 »
I hope that is the reason, would hate for this just to be neglected!

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Re: Faversham Gunpowder Works - the Great Explosion of 1916
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2010, 21:52:45 »
it could be that Dafs etc are being left to regenerate the bulbs before cutting. If you cut off the stems and leaves too soon you get blind plants the following year. Just a thought as it  looks like current years growth there.

 

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