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Royal Ordnance Factory

January 18, 2018

Llanishen History

“Anti-aircraft shells, one of which exploded in a crowded factory, killing 12 people, including seven women, and injuring as many more, were the chief cause of damage during activity over the South Wales coastal area on Monday night”

The above statement appeared in the Western Mail on 29th March 1944. Significantly, it failed to mention the exact location of the factory and, more importantly, it failed to reveal the true origins of the shells. Such information could not be revealed as the British Press was, at that time, subject to severe Government censorship.

People living in Llanishen at the time would have been well aware of the location as the shed that was destroyed was part of the old Royal Ordnance Factory on the corner of Ty Glas Road and Caerphilly Road.

From 1936 onwards the Government, foreseeing that war was inevitable, began the building of armament factories. A…

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