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Weedon Depot to host an Easter egg hunt with a difference

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The Weedon Depot Visitor Centre will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday 21st April at the Ordnance Depot in Harmans Way Weedon. Children and adults are all welcome and visitors will be able to hunt for Easter eggs and also learn about some of the history of this unique Northamptonshire site. 

The visitor centre is also looking for new volunteers to help steward the space, research the site and continue the oral history project. Do you have a few hours to spare? Please email laura@the-depot.uk for more information.

The visitor centre in the depot gatehouse was opened in August last year and is now open to the public and funded by the Heritage Lottery. Visitors are also invited to explore the bookshop, café, gallery and shops in Storehouse 1. 

Once known as The Royal Ordnance Depot, the complex was built as a secure place to store equipment, ammunition and weapons for use by the British Army. The Depot fulfilled its function from the Napoleonic Wars through to the end of National Service and serviced every major conflict in-between.

Access to the complex was strictly controlled, and the work carried out inside was kept secret. The striking Georgian footprint of the site, with its perimeter wall, bastions, storehouses, powder magazines and gatehouses, was complete by 1810. The Ordnance Canal spur provided a link between the Depot and Weedon Wharf on the Grand Junction Canal.

The original complex incorporated Artillery Barracks and a Parade Ground along with the Officers’ accommodation, stabling for regimental horses, a hospital and a police station. For a short time there was even a military prison on site.

In all, the allotments for soldiers, married quarters, accommodation for the Depot Fire Brigade and senior staff, canteen, walnut plantations (for gun stocks), horse jumps, workshops, a gas works, a water tower, offices, the railway spur and (during the Second World War) numerous Nissen huts occupied an area of 120 acres. 

The site is now under private ownership and has been restored to offer workshops and offices which are available to lease. These buildings, as well as the Visitor Centre, tell the story of the site’s heritage.

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