|Bramley Training Area|
Fence on edge of Bramley Training Area
Location within Hampshire
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Built for||War Office|
Bramley Training Area is a British Army training camp, located south of the village of Bramley, Hampshire. Opened during World War I as an ammunition depot, the site now serves wholly as a training facility.
Bramley Ordnance Depot
Bramley Ordnance Depot, later known as Bramley Central Ammunition Depot, opened on the large areas of scrub land in north Hampshire in 1917 for the manufacture and storage of ammunition. To enable both safe manufacture and storage of munitions, well spaced railway tracks were built both sides of the Great Western Railway line connecting Basingstoke and Reading. The tracks were connected with each other at their northern and southern ends, and the tracks on either side of the running line were connected with each other by means of two tunnels under the GWR running lines. The tracks in the depot served various factories and stores, and the scale of the depot can be gauged that in a site measuring only 1.25 miles (2.01 km) from north to south, there were over 30 miles (48 km) of track: enough to cover the distance from Basingstoke to Reading and back.
A spur northwards from the military yard reached the south side of Bramley station, which allowed through running services for depot workers. These started in 1922, but were suspended during World War II, and restarted after the war using stock from London Transport's Piccadilly line. The passenger services ceased in 1970, railway services to the depot ceased completely on 1 March 1987 with a special for rail enthusiasts.
The Central Ammunition Depot was served by the Garrison Church of St. Barbara (known locally as St. Barbara's Chapel). The register of baptisms (1956 to 1975) is now held by the National Archives, Kew. The stained glass window from St. Barbara's Chapel was removed to Bramley Church when the chapel was de-consecrated.
Bramley Training Area
Following closure of the ammunitions depot, the facility was renamed Bramley Training Area. Sub divided into three areas as training facility. Area A is the smallest, where parts of the ITV1 series Midsomer Murders have been filmed. In Area B, located near to the camp's main base, there is the shell of a Lnyx helicopter on a concrete training area, adjacent to this there is a respirator test chamber. In Area C the Channel 4 television series Scrapheap Challenge was filmed, but this has now been removed and the site is undergoing soil treatment.
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