Royal Ordnance Factory stand, Festival of Britain, Stone

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Date:13th of August 1951 - 14th of August 1951 (c.)

Description:Royal Ordinance Factory, Stone stand in the Trades and Industry Exhibition held on Westbridge Park as part of the Festival of Britain events held in Stone.

Workers started at R.O.F. Swynnerton in 1940, a high percentage of which were women. They filled shells, bombs and other armaments, including 22mm shells for Spitfires, detonators, boosters and tracer shells. The work was unpleasant and dangerous and the explosive powder could turn skin and hair yellow. Even worse, a number of women lost fingers, hands or even limbs in explosions at the factory. 5,000 people started work in 1940, many of whom came up from Woolwich and the east end of London, housed in hostels built near the factory at Swynnerton, Yarnfield and Coldmeece. By 1942 the workforce had increased to 18,000, may of whom were recruited from the Potteries, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stone and other local towns and villages. New housing was built in Walton and Coldmeece to house the workers. The factory reduced in size after the war, but remained open until 1958.

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