MoD Kineton

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MoD Kineton
near Kineton, Warwickshire, England
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A distant view of MoD Kineton
MoD Kineton is located in Warwickshire
MoD Kineton
MoD Kineton
Coordinates 52°09′48″N 1°26′38″W / 52.1633°N 1.4439°W / 52.1633; -1.4439
Type Ammunition depository
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1941 (1941)
In use 1941–present
Part of the extensive rail network that exists around MoD Kineton, here a level crossing at Radway

Defence Munitions (DM) Kineton occupies the site officially known as MOD Kineton, and is a Ministry of Defence property located close to the village of Kineton, Warwickshire, England.


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.

Rail links[edit]

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.[1]

The depot also stores spare railway carriages and locomotives on behalf of the various UK Train Operating Companies.

Based units[edit]

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.[2]


  1. ^ "Industrial Diesels - 278 Kineton 1995". 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Abingdon HIVE". Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 

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