Edingham Munitions Works
In the build up to World War 2, the British Government recognised the need to build new armaments factories. Instead of a very few, large sites as had been the case in World War 1 such as that at Eastriggs, many smaller sites were constructed. This is because by 1939 when construction of Edingham began, there was a danger of bombing from the air – a threat which did not really exist previously.
Robert McAlpine won the contract, and employed around 3000 mainly Irish workers to build the site. Part of the attraction of the site, apart from being remote from cities, was that the Dumfries to Stranraer railway ran through it, so transport of materials and the finished cordite was easily achieved.