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Thanks for the responses.

 

I've searched for explosives store and bunker but nothing appropriate coming up. Covered reservoir maybe, but an unlikely shape. There was an ordnance depot near Waskerley but that's some distance away, while it's also inconveniently distant from the nearest quarry for an explosives store. Think I might try a local librarian or local history bod. 

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I think there's a good example of a covered reservoir to the south east.  Just past Shittlehope.  Not really relevant, I just wanted to type that. 🙃

 

I'm inclined towards Vincents explanation. Whatever it is its difficult to see on a arial map.

 

Stay safe.

 

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6 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

Reservoir I  should think.

 

Possibly Ian, I've contacted the local Dales Centre to see if they can come up with a definitive answer.

 

1 minute ago, Mr Standfast said:

I think there's a good example of a covered reservoir to the south east.  Just past Shittlehope.  Not really relevant, I just wanted to type that. 🙃

 

I'm inclined towards Vincents explanation. Whatever it is its difficult to see on a arial map.

 

Stay safe.

 

 

Recently sold a photo of Shittlehope burn, but they didn't use the name in the article !

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9 hours ago, Hanna_Fate said:

It's built like an explosives shed. 

Similar structures in the US were called "igloos", and used to store atomic bomb parts or chemical weapons under construction.

 

History Guy video about bomb part storage

 

Chemical weapons storage igloo

 

 

 

Yes it has a similar appearance, but that's maybe a tad exotic for sleepy Stanhope

9 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

 

... but would you want the explosives store actually near the quarry?  Think Beirut....

Indeed, I know that there was an explosives store somewhere near, but this location is high above the old quarry and difficult to get to. 

 

If I get a positive identification from the Dales Centre I'll report back.

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IME explosives stores have very light roofs (not much more than a shed- which could be all that's under that turf) and substantial (of the order of a metre thick) screen walls a short distance away to direct any blast upwards. There's very little explosive in a chemical weapons store- just whatever is needed to crack the round open. Igloos only contained the uranium/plutonium assemblies, not the explosives.

 

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According to a leaflet that you can download about Ashes Quarry, there are the remains of a gunpowder hut on the floor of the quarry. I guess this makes it more unlikely that my photo shows an explosives store.

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