Ashton-under-Lyne Munitions Disaster

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Reference WMO/256997


Stamford Street South

jct Welbeck Street South



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other sculpture
  • Metal Iron
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Actually steel not iron, but steel is not in the drop-down menu. A sculpture comprising 10 stainless steel swords arranged vertically in the shape of a fan on a granite plinth and with a stainless steel dedicatory plaque on the front face of the plinth. See inscription under Names tab for details. The IWM Register entry describes it as being outside the Magistrates. Across the square and over the road is more accurate.
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This sculpture was designed with considerable help from children of St Peter's Primary School, Ashton to remember/THE ASHTON MUNITIONS EXPLOSION/At 4.22 pm on Wednesday 13 June 1917, 5 Tons of TNT exploded at the/Hooley Hill Rubber and Chemicals Factory on William Street/near to Oxford Street, in Ashton/A plaque is located near to the site of the disaster on William Street to commemorate where/46 people were killed and more than 400 were injured with hundreds more made homeless./Many of those killed were children on the way home from school on that fine June/afternoon.

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