Defence Munitions (DM) Kineton occupies the site officially known as MOD Kineton, and is a Ministry of Defence
property located close to the village of Kineton
Developed from 1941 onwards on land neighbouring the village of Burton Dassett
, the site is approximately from both Banbury
and Leamington Spa
. Developed as a Central Ammunition Depot, it also served during the Second World War
as a Royal Pioneer Corps
Defence Munitions Kineton is now the largest ammunition depot in western Europe. The base stores more than 60% of the entire Ministry of Defenceâ€™s munitions.
Defence Munitions Kineton extends to 2200 acres. It is linked to the Network Rail
mainline system by a branch line consisting of part of the former mainline of the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway
, from . The building of the M40 motorway
cut the line for a time, but after a new bridge was built, the line was rebuilt in its entirety with deep ballast and fully welded joints.
The site also houses the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment
, and there is an extensive military family married quarters patch at Temple Herdewyke
, along with its associated information centre, Kineton HIVE.
External linksKineton HIVE
€”archived link at the UK National Archives
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Category:Ammunition dumps in England
Category:Military railways in the United Kingdom
Category:Installations of the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)