Fantastic to see so many people interested in our first couple of events in Heroes of Hayle, exploring the town’s World War One heritage. Local resident Peter Channon gave a talk with background to the factory yesterday (Thursday 14 June 2018 at Phillack Church Hall) and led a walk around the Upton Towans site on Wednesday 27 June 2018 (meet by Factory Chimney at 7pm). Two young women were blown up at this factory in December 1916 and we are throwing a spotlight on their tragic (and previously forgotten) deaths 100 years on.
The factory was one of the most important in the country during World War One. Before the conflict, it had produced explosives for the mining industry, but switched to military production after 1914. To view a photogallery of the site (which covers many acres of sand dunes), click here.