The Royal Ordnance Factory Bridgend-ROF 53

1936-1946

Why Bridgend ?

Key Factors in selecting Bridgend for the Royal Ordnance Factory :

As described during the introduction, Bridgend was selected for its then distant location from the Bombers of the Luftwaffe. Political factors were also taken into account. Bridgend had a massive amount of men out of work, so work could be provided for some of them. It is interesting to note however, that many hundreds of workers were shipped in from other parts of the country, and skilled labour was also not present in the South Wales area. Exchanges of staff were also not unheard of, were women and girls working in and living in Bridgend were forced to move to other Ordnance plants in the country.

Below are some pictures and links to websites that I hope will illustrate the point of locating this plant in Bridgend.

 

1. Out of range The History of the German Heinkel Bomber http://www.warbirdalley.com/he111.htm
2. Supply of Coal The Massive coal fields of South Wales http://www.welshcoalmines.co.uk/
3. Good Railways From my collection of photographs http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/pictures.htm
4. Good Roads From my collection of photographs http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/pictures.htm
5. Steel Industry From my collection of photographs http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/pictures.htm
6. Docks nearby From my collection of photographs http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/pictures.htm
7. Workforce From my collection of photographs http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/pictures.htm
8. Weather From my collection of photographs http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/pictures.htm
9. Prisoner of War camp* My Island Farm POW Site http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/islandfarm.htm
10. Plenty of Land From my collection of photographs http://www.bracklaordnance.co.uk/pictures.htm

* Note: Converted after the construction of the Ordnance Factory, it is often said that the German Luftwaffe

were reluctant to bomb the site,

as it was incredibly close to many German P.O.W.s in Bridgend.

All Images unless otherwise stated are the property of the author ©Richard Williams 2005-2007

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