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Static Firing Bay, Royal Naval Propellant Factory
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 09016g Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Caerwent Unitary authority : Monmouthshire NGR : ST4779792114 Site Type (preferred type first) : Modern ROCKET TEST FACILITY Status : Scheduled Monument , listed building II
Summary : The monument comprises the remains of a static firing bay facility at the former Royal Naval Propellant Factory's Guided Weapons Scheme Unit (now MOD) Caerwent. Built in 1959 for purposes relating to the Gosling rocket. (NPRN 407506: CADW SM ref MM341)
Description : The monument comprises the remains of a static firing bay facility at the former Royal Naval Propellant Factory's Guided Weapons Scheme Unit (now MOD) Caerwent. It was built and commissioned in 1959 for proof of concept, investigation and manufacturing control purposes relating to the Gosling rocket booster engines used to power the Royal Navy's Sea Slug surface-to-air missiles (01).
The installation consists of the static firing bay, cubicle building, access road and concrete apron, together with the surrounding earthen bunds. The closure of the entire establishment was announced in 1965 and the production and testing of the Gosling rocket motors ceased in 1966, being transferred to the Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopston by 1967 (01).
(NPRN 407506: CADW SM ref MM341)
Tuck M , 2006 , Caerwent Training Area, Army Training Estate, Monmouthshire: Buildings Survey
Tuck M & Riddett R , 2006 , Caerwent Training Area, Army Trading Estate, Monmouthshire: Building Survey. Appendix III part A.
01/Desc Text/Cadw/New entry to the schedule of monuments/13/02/08. Copy in further information file.