Tyne & Wear HER: 13373
Grid ref: NZ26625619

National Projectile Factory, Birtley


The National Projectile Factory at Birtley was built in the First World War by Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd. Interestingly all the management and workers there were Belgian, from the nearby village of Elisabethville which had been built to accommodate them. 

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Rough turning the shell body

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Rough facing

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Riveting of the base plate

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Ripping the nose end

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Boring the shell cavity

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Drilling and tapping nose end

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The base of the shell is centred

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Facing centre of the shell

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Boring the nose end of the shell

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Finish turning the shell

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Polishing inside for inspection

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Creating groove undercut and wavy serrations

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Turning the copper band

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Pressing the copper band on the shell

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Blending the nose end

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Machining heads

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Filing weight off the radius

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Boring to fit the disc

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Machining the base plates

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  from Simon Cotterill (Co-Curate Page)
First World War
- The 4th August 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. What did your ancestors do during World War 1? How were the communities of ...
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Tyne and Wear HER(13373): Birtley, National Projectile Factory/Royal Ordnance Factory
- "At the beginning of the First World War Britain had insufficient ammunition to match that of the German army. The Government of National Unity built National Projectile Factories with private ...

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