Heritage Project


Looking Back at The Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF37 )

To remember ROF Bridgwater, Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) and the South West Heritage Trust (SWHT) are inviting the public to share their memories and and help to create a community archive.

On November 9 and November 13, the public is invited to the 37Club for tea and cake and to share their stories. For more info on the sessions and to attend, please view;

Saturday 9th November, click here

Wednesday 13th November, click here

ROF Bridgwater played an essential part in the manufacturing of defence materials during the Second World War. The project aims to gather as much information as possible to create a historical record of what life was like for those who lived and worked in this important local industry.

Sedgemoor District Council and the South West Heritage Trust are inviting residents to drop-in and share recollections, photographs and memorabilia at events to be held at the 37 Sports and Social Club at Puriton, near Bridgwater on Saturday November 9 – 10am until 1pm and Wednesday November 13 – 1pm until 4pm.

The ROF Bridgwater is being transformed by its new owners Gravity, into the next generation of innovation campuses with a strong community ethos, continuing the legacy of ROF37.

Bob Croft – Head of Historic Environment, South West Heritage Trust. “We want to hear from anyone who worked at ROF Bridgwater or whose family were connected with this local industry. We would welcome stories, photographs, or other memorabilia that helps to tells the story of this significant site of historical interest.”

Cllr Gill Slocombe, Deputy Leader, Sedgemoor district council“ROF Bridgwater was a hub of activity in its day as both an employer but also as a community. We are excited that the legacy will live on in the shape of Gravity, where ROF Bridgwater once stood. I would like to encourage anyone with an interest in ROF Bridgwater to attend one of our informative events on the place.”

Anyone with information and items to share about the site is invited to join a session on November 9 or November 13. There will be opportunities to record memories and to be interviewed by the project team. Tea and cake will be available.

Venue for the meeting:  37 Sports & Social Club Limited
1 West Approach Road, Puriton, Bridgwater, TA7 8AD

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