Royal Naval Cordite Factory at Holton Heath, Wareham St. Martin - Dorset (UA)

The cordite factory was built in 1916, and continued to produce explosives until 1945. It covers a large area of land, with lots of small workshops surrounded by earth banks, to contain any accidental blasts. A large number of individual buildings and structures still remain, now in varying degrees of collapse, and a programme of works to identify and repair the most significant of these is urgently needed. Much of the site is within a nature reserve and only open to the public by prior arrangement. The area included in the scheduling was extended in 2016.

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Former Royal Naval Cordite Factory
    Heritage Category:
    Scheduled Monument
    List Entry Number:
    Local Planning Authority:
    Dorset (UA)
    Site Type:
    Industrial > Engineering industry site


    Building Name:
    Royal Naval Cordite Factory at Holton Heath
    Unitary Authority:
    Dorset (UA)
    Wareham St. Martin
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Mid Dorset and North Poole
    South West

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Very bad
    Occupancy / Use:
    Vacant/not in use
    A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
    Previous Priority:
    Mixed, multiple owners
    Scheduled Monument, LB grade II

Contact Details

Katy Hoskyn 0117 975 1311