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Georgetown, Ammunition Filling Factory

Munitions Factory (First World War)

Site Name Georgetown, Ammunition Filling Factory

Classification Munitions Factory (First World War)

Alternative Name(s) Bishopton

Canmore ID 185845

Site Number NS46NW 36

NGR NS 4480 6790

NGR Description Centred NS 4480 6790

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Renfrewshire
  • Parish Erskine
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Renfrew
  • Former County Renfrewshire

World War One Audit of Surviving Remains (2 October 2013)

The ammunition filling factory at Georgetown was established in 1915 at Fulwood, near Bishopton for the Ministry of Munitions. The factory was initially tasked with assembling 40,000 pieces of Quick Firing ammunition (where the propellenat charge and the explosive sheel were in one brass casing) and 200,000 lbs of Breech Loading cartridges (where the propellant charge was loaded separately in the gun after the shell) a week. A second factory was built in 1916 to use a different shell-filling explosive.

The factory was closed in 1919 but the site formed the southern part of Royal Ordnance Factory Bishopton, which was built in the Second World War.

Concrete building bases have been reported on the site.

Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 2 October 2013.

Archaeology Notes

NS46NW 36 centred 4480 6790

This World War I ammunition filling factory is situated on the W side of the railway and M8 motorway SE of Bishopton. The area has now been afforested, but a number of concrete hut and building bases can still be seen.

J Guy 2001; NMRS MS 810/11, Part 2, 177-8

Activities

Project (March 2013 - September 2013)

A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.

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