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SiteName: Weedon Royal Ordnance Depot

Harmans Way
Weedon Bec, Northants.
OS Grid Ref: SP627596

Sub Brit site visit 28th May 2003

[Source: Nick Catford]

Following the departure of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Weedon Depot was occupied by Government departments for a further eighteen years. Some of the buildings were used as a supplies store by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works dispatching furniture and equipment to embassies overseas. Other buildings were used by the Home Office as a transport store.

The surrounding areas of the Military Estate were offered for sale by auction in 1969 in five lots, but none reached their reserve. Subsequently parcels of land were sold individually for redevelopment.

The upper barracks and surrounding area became Cavalry Hill Industrial Estate and the Pavilion and gardens became Regents Park housing estate. The land between the infilled canal arm and dismantled branch railway is now an engineering works. Other areas form a recreation ground and more housing.

In 1983 the Property Services Agency announced that they were looking for a developer for the Depot and Magazine enclosures. The depot and magazine was sold to 'Thirty Eight Antiques'; their workshops were moved into the depot and other buildings were rented to a variety of companies. In 1995 the depot area was again sold to Cavalry Centre Limited, the current owners, the land between the depot and magazine was purchased by a housing developer and a new housing complex now occupies the site.

The Eastern Lodge and portcullis

Four storehouse

The clothing depot

Inside one of the magazine buildings

The earth bank between magazine buildings

Looking west at the magazines from the north side

The eastern block of magazines

Looking west at the magazines from the south side

The western block of magazines

The east entrance to the magazine enclosure

Looking west into the magazine enclosure

Looking east in to the magazine enclosure

The west entrance gates to the magazine enclosure

The east canal entrance to the magazine

The mechanism for winding up the portcullis

The west canal exit from the magazine enclosure

The west canal exit from the magazine enclosure





Source: Weedon Royal Ordnance Depot revisited published by the Weedon Bec History Society. This is a reprint of the late John Kings research into the Weedon Royal Ordnance Depot privately published shortly after the closure of the depot in 1965. John King had worked at the depot for many year. Copies of the the book are available for £3 plus postage from the Weedon Bec History Society. ISBN 0-9528726-0-9

[Source: Nick Catford]

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