A Short History of the Royal Ordnance Factory Poole 1940-1958, by David Warhurst

A Short History of the Royal Ordnance Factory Poole 1940-1958, by David Warhurst

Published privately by the author, 98 pages. A4 size Booklet (N7317)

The Royal Ordnance Factory in Poole was situated in Sopers Lane, Creekmoor (the site is currently occupied by Siemens), and although it manufactured aircraft guns during and after the Second World War and was a large employer in Poole, it's existence and history had seemingly been ignored for years. This booklet provides a short history of the factory and its operations and it offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who worked there. It's illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, drawings and maps.

From the preface: In carrying out research into our Family tree and also on the Canford Estate It was found that although the Royal Ordnance Factory at Creekmoor formed a significant part of the history of Poole and was one of the largest employers especially during the Second World War, there were no apparent records remaining related to this establishment. Many people are not aware of what was being manufactured on the Creekmoor site including myself even though my father worked at the ROF during those war years.

In an attempt to record the history of the site, we set about finding out as much as was possible from a number of sources. The main information however was provided by ex­ employees we interviewed who in the main responded to an article that I placed in the local newspaper. Many of these people are now well into their 80's and even 90's, perhaps the youngest could be in the region of 80 if they began their career in 1940. Other information was researched from the past copies of the local weekly newspaper the Poole and Dorset Herald.

It was felt that if this research had not been carried out it could have been lost for ever. I therefore hope that this brief account of the Poole ROF helps in some small way to fill this gap in Poole's history.
Sections include:

The war years:
Offices and wages
Site security and protection
Keeping the workers happy
Social events
Post war years (1945-1949)
The early 1950's (1950-1955)
Factory life
Social activities
Sports activities
The final years (1956-1958)
The end of an era
The creekmoor site after
The closure of the ROF
Nuclear graphite
Poole pottery
Current site
Several appendices, including:
Transcription of newspaper article dated 13 march 1940
List of ROF factories in commission during the second world war
List and details of buildings
The transport system
Development and details of the Hispano cannon
Transcript of Bournemouth Daily Echo 1st May 1943
History and development of the Aden cannon
List of photograpghs and illustrations

Condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs, and some light creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.