Fauld explosion, The Cock Inn, Hanbury

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Description:On the morning of November 27, 1944, a huge explosion took place after the accidental ignition of 3,500 tons of explosives stored by the RAF in a disused gypsum mine.

Upper Castle Hayes Farm was completely obliterated, and 70 people were killed. The crater remains, 90 feet deep and a quarter of a mile across.

The Cock Inn in Hanbury, half a mile away from the blast, was severely damaged, and was later completely rebuilt.

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Source: Mr John Godwin

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