epw005749 ENGLAND (1921). National Projectile Factory, Hackney, 1921

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Title [EPW005749] National Projectile Factory, Hackney, 1921
Reference EPW005749
Date March-1921
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Place name HACKNEY
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 536591, 185145
Longitude / Latitude -0.029837363127786, 51.548164223831
National Grid Reference TQ366851

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This location is now the site of the Kingsmead Estate which has a dreadful, sometimes deserved, reputation for high crime and anti-social activities.

Keith
Friday 6th of February 2015 11:42:23 PM
This is not the existing concrete structure 'Marshgate Bridge' as exists today (from 1935). It is only a narrow affair with the width for a cart! Then at that time the extension of Homerton Road to the east on the other side of the bridge, to what is now known as the Lea Interchange with Ruckholt Road and the M11 link road, wasn't completed until the early 1930s.

Keith
Friday 6th of February 2015 11:39:55 PM
Future site of the Matchbox Factory (Lesney Industries Ld.) - demolished c.2011

LadyRed
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 11:59:02 AM
Old Lesney Matchbox Factory was along this Road

divadnosae
Friday 17th of August 2012 10:16:32 PM
Er, no it wasn't in this road. If you have a look at the first 'pin' posting by LadyRed earlier than your own, it marks the precise site of the factory by the way, the works was actually in Homerton Road just on the upside approach to Marshgate Bridge. Lee Conservancy Road joins Homerton Road at right angles.

There is a date on the bridge structure by the way giving '1935'.

Keith
Friday 6th of February 2015 11:18:53 PM
Now Mabley Green

divadnosae
Friday 17th of August 2012 10:15:06 PM

divadnosae
Friday 17th of August 2012 10:14:46 PM
Lee Conservancy Road

divadnosae
Friday 17th of August 2012 10:14:24 PM

User Comment Contributions

Dangerous Energy has listed

Hackney Wick, White Post Lane / Wallis Road, Donald Bagley Phoenix Chemical Works, HM Factory, TQ 371 846, Great War, explosive factory - filling factory.



Is this the same place?

JMB
Friday 6th of February 2015 11:32:48 PM
Hi, I'm pleased to say I found some recent references to WW1 munitions' factory sites*, I'll check out the exact ref and advise in due course.

Meanwhile, I can say that the one you mention went under the Government Coding of H.M.E.F. (Number) 10. Phoenix Chemical Co, Wallis Road, Hackney. Opened c.1915.That road still exists and you should have been able to draw it up via the Streetmap website. It runs beneath the existing Stratford-Willesden junction Overground Railway Line, and it is also where Hackney Wick Station is positioned. That site is approx 3/4mile SE of this one shown here.

The photo here - is referred too in the same documents* as National Projectile Co (Number) 8, Hackney Marshes, built in 1916 by Dick Kerr & Co Ltd, on land then owned by the London County Council.

Keith
Friday 6th of February 2015 11:32:48 PM
There is a brilliant painting by Anna Airy of the inside of the factory, specifically the shell forge on the IWM website here - http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/106

jamesweiner
Monday 20th of August 2012 10:29:21 PM
That's a great painting! The air photo is really good but doesn't give such a vibrant image of the works as the artist's interior.

Whittocks
Monday 20th of August 2012 10:29:21 PM