Edingham Munitions Factory was built in 1939 in a response to the outbreak of World War II. With no restriction to final costs, a small bill of £3.5 million was ran up to the 300 acre site. It took the hard workmanship of over 3,000 men, the majority of them being Irish, to complete the construction of such a substantial site. Taking caution, the buildings were dug into the earth and then surrounded by steep sides. As a result, if an explosion occurred, the force of the blast would go upwards causing less damage to other parts of the site. The main products manufactured at Edingham were cordite and nitroglycerine. Post-war, the site was used to store military items such as floating mines. Today the buildings are now derelict and have been left untouched for nearly 50 years.
Pulling into our parking spot, we were pleasantly greeted by an abandoned feature we weren’t expecting, a snack bar trailer. The trailer was left with the majority of its contents remaining including; utensils, fridges and most importantly HP sauce. After recording a few clips for the vlog we hopped over the gate into the site itself.
Leaving the first set of buildings to the end of our exploration, we ventured towards the “hub” of the site where the most exciting buildings would be. We were rewarded as the first building we entered was truly fascinating, Lee was so impressed he even live-streamed inside it. This building was the canteen for all the workers. The darkness of the rooms was complimented by the light concrete walls and small pane windows letting in segments of light. Spending over 30 minutes in the first building, we continued down the track to the next set of buildings where we took some beautiful shots of the back interior of a building, facing into overgrowing green trees.
The site has a number of almost identical buildings, we were unsure exactly what these were. The back of these buildings have long dark hallways and they were perfect for photo opportunities. By the time we had explored each of these identical buildings we had a number of pictures between us and more vlog material.
Heading round to buildings with high roofs and air vents in the wall, Lee live-streamed again and we took some more pictures between us.
After ensuring we had explored every building, apart from the ones at the entrance to the site, we decided to head back to those buildings to find two things, a cat and a seat. Every urban explorer familiar with this site will know what I am talking about, there are two marquee features to this visit. A large cat sculpture in one of the rooms of the buildings and a small seat in a smaller detached building. We found the seat successfully and Lee took a truly stunning picture, simplistic yet incredible. Unfortunately we could not locate the cat and we were eventually disgusted to find this famous monument had been dragged outside and broken apart by vandals.
On a slightly gutting note we left the site and headed home to edit our photos and recover from a long days exploration.