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National Explosives Works (Disused Dynamite Works), Cornwall


  • Located in Gwithian, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • Upton Towans was once the site of the National Explosives Works. As you walk the dune system here, it's hard to believe that this beautiful and popular leisure destination supported a large and important dynamite manufacturing industry. It's also hard to believe that St Gothian Sands Nature Reserve to the north once supported a thriving sand extraction industry and that the Port of Hayle to the south west was one of the most important copper ports in the world during the nineteenth century. (Source: local information boards)
  • Whilst you'll see plenty of derelict buildings providing evidence of this industrial past, it's worth taking the time to look at Google's satellite imagery of the area. We've positioned the Dynamite Works (Disused) on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. You'll see the foundations of a high number of old buildings. These give you a sense of the size of the works
  • Alfred Nobel patented dynamite in 1867. The high explosive superseded gunpowder. Gunpowder manufacture on, for example, Dartmoor and across Cornwall at Kennall Vale suffered as a consequence of this new technology. The dynamite was used in the mining industry and then the First World War. The National Explosives Works were established in 1888
  • To visit, follow the South West Coast Path from the large car park above Gwithian Beach. You'll pass Peter's Point on your way into Upton Towans. The South West Coast Path runs past various derelict buildings as shown in the 'Photo Gallery'
  • By James Penman

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