Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 149,664 pages of information and 235,472 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Explosives Loading Co

From Graces Guide

of Uplees, Faversham, Kent

After the introduction of high explosives, such as cordite and TNT, two huge new factories were built in Faversham beside The Swale, one for the Explosives Loading Company.

1916 Sunday, 2 April. 116 men and boys were killed by an explosion at the Explosives Loading Company's factory at Uplees, near Faversham. Fifteen tons of TNT and 150 tons of ammonium nitrate blew up when some empty sacks caught fire.

A beautifully-written account of the explosion, placed in the broader context of the industry in WW1, has been written by Brian Dillon[1]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. 'The Great Explosion - Gunpowder, the Great War, and a disaster on the Kent marshes' by Brian Dillon, Penguin, 2015/6
  • Explosives in Faversham [1]