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Ardeer, Ici Works, Nobel's Explosives Factory

Explosives Factory (First World War), Explosives Factory (19-20th Century)

Site Name Ardeer, Ici Works, Nobel's Explosives Factory

Classification Explosives Factory (First World War), Explosives Factory (19-20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Imperial Chemical Industries; Stevenston Site; Nobel Works

Canmore ID 79607

Site Number NS24SE 47

NGR NS 279 410

NGR Description Centred NS 279 410

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Ayrshire
  • Parish Stevenston
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cunninghame
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS24SE 47.00 circa 279 410

For the remainder of the ICI Explosives Works see NS23NE 1.00

NS24SE 47.01 NS 2823 4023 Africa House

NS24SE 47.02 NS 283 406 Safety Fuse Factory

NS24SE 47.03 NS 288 412 Black Powder Works

NS24SE 47.04 NS 2810 4029 Nobel House

NS24SE 47.05 NS 2840 4025 Health, Safety and Environment Centre

NS24SE 47.06 NS 2845 4029 Nobel House

NS24SE 47.07 NS 2888 4029 Sulphur Store

NS24SE 47.08 NS 2918 4017 Detontator Department

NS24SE 47.09 NS 284 402 Research Library

NS24SE 47.10 NS 28894 40903 Explosives Works

NS24SE 47.11 NS 28771 40622 Power Station

NS24SE 47.12 NS 279 410 Fence

See also NS24SE 48 for Nylon Works

The Nobel's Explosives Factory is situated between the sea and the River Garnock, W of Irvine. The factory is now closed with much of the large site now cleared. During World War I a coastal battery was built on the shore to defend the factory from being attacked from the sea (see NS24SE 127).

J Guy 2001; NMRS MS 810/11, Vol.1, 67-8


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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