At the risk of being 'zapped', the LCW and SCW in the pictures on the link aren't actually there, but..........Graybags said:
THIS BASE WAS USED AS A PROPELLANT FACTORY IE CORDITE IN THE 40s IT GAS ITS OWN RAILWAY AND OVER 1000 BUILDINGS THE AMERICANS THEN TOOK IT OVER AS A AMMO DUMP FOR THEIR THEATRE OF WAR PROGRAMME IN THE 80s/90s WHICH SUPPLIED THE FIRST GULF WAR WITH OVER 80,000 TONS OF MUNITIONS IT WAS DECOMMISIONED IN ABOUT 95 AND WAS HANDED BACK TO THE BRITISH ARMY WHERE AS OF TODAY ITS USED AS A BACKDOOR TRAINING AREA FOR THE SPECIAL FORCES.IVE BEEN ON EXCERCISE HERE MANY TIMES AND IT IS ONE OF THE BEST TRAINING AREAS I KNOW OF - SOME OF THE BUILDINGS STILL SMELL OF SULPHUR EVEN THOUGH THERES NO WINDOWS OR DOORS IN THEM BUT LIFTING GEAR IS STILL EVIDENT IN SOME BUILDINGS-HOPE THIS HELPSspearfish said:My grandfather worked at a naval propellant factory called Caerwent.He said most of it was built underground.It is now derelict having been last used by the americans.Does anybody have any details of this site?
Planning permission for housing has been granted. The mast is a listed building, but I get the impression they are waiting for it to fall down so they will not have to worry about it, or any of the health and saftey issues when the houses get built and kids appear.Geoff_Wessex said:At the risk of being 'zapped', the LCW and SCW in the pictures on the link aren't actually there, but..........Graybags said:
in the second picture the SCW starts just below the base of the mast and leads off to the bottom right corner, while the LCW starts from a point at the bottom of the pic, just left of centre, about 60yds down the road (or 'quarterdeck') from the mast and ran parallel to the SCW.
It looks like the entire Trogs' accommodation and most other buildings surrounding it - e.g. laundry, gyms, chapels, 'foreshore' - has gone. Can't see any architectural value in the rest of the place, with the possible exception of the Signal Tower, so maybe it will all eventually get flattened.
IVE JUST COME BACK FROM AN EXCERCISE THERE AND I WONDER IF THE UNDERGROUND COMPLEX HE REFERS TO WAS THE FACT THAT MOST OF THE BUILDINGS ARE ABOVE GROUND BUT THEY ARE COVERED IN TONS OF SOIL AND THEN GRASSED OVER SO THAT FROM THE AIR THEY ARE INVISIBLE AS IVE NEVER BEEN "UNDERGROUND" BUT THEN AGAIN WE ONLY TRAIN ON PRE DESIGNATED AREAS SO THERE MAY WELL BE A UNDERGROUND COMPLEX AFTER ALL WHO WOULD WANT TO BE ABOVE GROUND WITH ALL THAT ORDNANCE AROUND YOU ????spearfish said:Blackops,thank you for your post.My grand father used to say that most of the Caerwent complex was underground.I dont know if your training takes you down there?Perhaps they are the legendary mines of a snack meal that comes in a plastic pot that have been recently shown on television.
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