Canary Girls of Chilwell, by Maureen Rushton

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Canary Girls of Chilwell, by Maureen Rushton
Canary Girls of Chilwell, by Maureen Rushton, subtitled 'The story of No. 6 Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell in Nottinghamshire'

Published by the author, 96 pages. Paperback. (N4345)

The National Shell Filling Factory in Chilwell in Nottinghamshire was a Government owned and operated armaments factory that was opened in 1915 during the First World War. At the time Chillwell was a small village, although now it is a large residential suburb of the city, and the factory was responsible for manufacturing around half of all shells fired by the British during the entire war (at the end of the conflict the factory became a storage deport for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps)

Working in the factory was a dangerous business, and it was mostly done by women. Because of exposure to the explosives and chemicals used in the factory, many women's skin turned yellow, and this gave rise to their nickname in the local area - the Chiwell Canary Girls. In July 1918 the factory was the site of a huge explosion, which killed over 130 workers, and this remains the highest number of deaths caused from a single explosion in British history.

This book provides a fascinating history of the women who worked at the factory during the war, and includes chapters on the factory itself, employment and working conditions, welfare and the health of the workers, famous visitors to the factory, explosions at the factory, personal stories, and the memorial and medals awarded. The booklet is also illustrated throughout with several black and white photographs.

The condition of the book is excellent. The cover is clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover

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