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Devil's Porridge Museum

The Devil's Porridge Museum commemorates the large factory complex built in 1915-16 to manufacture cordite used as a propellant in bullets and shells. Cordite comprises cotton fibres (cellulose) mixed with nitric acid to make nitrocellulose. This was mixed with nitroglycerine for extrusion into strands or cords - hence the name cordite. The mixture of cotton fibres and acid was described by Arthur Conan Doyle, then a war correspondent, as 'the Devil's Porridge'.

HM Factory Gretna stretched 9 miles along the Solway coast from Dornock near Eastriggs to Mossband near Longtown. Up to 30,000 workers were employed, 12,000 of whom were women. New townships were built at Eastriggs and Gretna with houses and hostels, medical facilities, police force, post office, churches, dance hall and tennis courts.

Streets in Eastriggs were named after various parts of the Commonwealth and the village was laid out in the form of a Garden City with wide roads planted with trees, cul-de-sacs and crescents. Not all of the buildings have survived but many of the brick hostels have been converted to domestic housing.

See also the description of planned housing in the neighbouring village of Gretna: Link

See LinkExternal link for information on HM Factory Gretna and LinkExternal link for the museum's website.
by Jim Barton

Created: Tue, 9 Aug 2016, Updated: Sun, 26 Feb 2017


19 images use this description:

NY2466 : Ottawa Road, Eastriggs by Jim Barton
NY2466 : Fireless locomotive, Eastriggs (August 2016) by The Carlisle Kid
NY2466 : Ladysmith Road, Eastriggs by Jim Barton
NY2566 : The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs (3) by Jim Barton
NY2566 : Two Devil's Porridge bowls by M J Richardson
NY2566 : The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs (2) by Jim Barton
NY2566 : Locomotive 'Sir James', Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs by Richard Sutcliffe
NY2465 : Buildings and railway remains, Eastriggs cordite factory by Jim Barton
NY2566 : Devil's Porridge bowl by M J Richardson
NY2566 : A World War 2 kitchen by M J Richardson
NY2566 : The Devil's Porridge Museum by M J Richardson
NY2566 : The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs (1) by Jim Barton
NY2566 : The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs by Ian Taylor
NY2566 : Pretoria Road, Eastriggs by Jim Barton
NY2566 : Devil's Porridge bowl by M J Richardson
NY2566 : H.M. FACTORY, GRETNA - for sale by M J Richardson
NY2566 : Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs by Richard Sutcliffe
NY2466 : The Rand, Eastriggs by Jim Barton
NY2465 : The Ridge, Eastriggs by Jim Barton


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