|near Kineton, Warwickshire, England|
A distant view of MoD Kineton
|Owner||Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)|
Developed from 1941 onwards between Kineton and the neighbouring village of Temple Herdewyke, it is approximately 10 miles (16 km) from both Banbury and Leamington Spa. Developed as a Central Ammunition Depot, it also served during the Second World War as a transit camp, with Polish and Czechoslovakian troops stationed there.
Defence Munitions Kineton extends to several hundred acres. It is linked to the Network Rail mainline system by a branchline consisting of part of the former mainline of the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway, from Fenny Compton. The building of the M40 motorway cut the line for a time, but after a new bridge was built, the line was rebuilt in its entirety with deep ballast and fully welded joints.
The site also houses the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search School, and there is an extensive military family married quarters patch at Kineton, along with its associated information centre - Kineton HIVE.