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Uplees is located in Kent
Uplees shown within Kent
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Faversham
Postcode district ME13 0
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
List of places
51°20′36″N 0°52′10″E / 51.3434°N 0.8694°E / 51.3434; 0.8694Coordinates: 51°20′36″N 0°52′10″E / 51.3434°N 0.8694°E / 51.3434; 0.8694

Uplees is a hamlet north of Faversham in southeast England. It was a key part of the Faversham explosives industry during World War I, with the Cotton Powder Company importing raw materials via the deepwater channel of the Swale, and the associated Explosives Loading Company exporting completed bombs and shells. Employees came to work from Faversham on the Davington Light Railway of which Uplees was the northern terminus. It is in the civil parish of Oare.

At 2.20pm on Sunday 2 April 1916, a huge explosion ripped through the gunpowder mill at Uplees, when 200 tons of TNT ignited. The blast killed 105 people and many were buried in a mass grave at Faversham Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ "Tales of horror and heroism after the Great Explosion". Faversham Times. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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