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The Devil's Porridge

The Devil's Porridge Exhibition

An amazing exhibition tells the story of the greatest munitions factory on earth.... In 1915, Britain was losing the war through lack of ammunition..... Until 30,000 women and men came from all over the world to work in the massive factory on the Solway.

The Devils Porridge was the explosive paste, which these workers fashioned into ammunition at H M Factory Gretna for British troops and helped to turn the course of history.

                                                  . . . And it happened here!

The Devils Porridge

What is the Devil's Porridge?

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, visited HM Factory Gretna in 1918, he described the explosive paste, which was mixed by hand as the Devil's Porridge.
It is a very apt name for the highly explosive mixture of nitro-glycerine and nitro-cotton. The dried paste was shaped into cordite, which was put into shells and bullets.

This Fascinating Exhibition
Tells the Story of the Greatest Factory on Earth.

HM Factory Gretna was one of the largest factories ever built. Its buildings stretched over nine miles from the outskirts of Annan across the border to Longtown.
Among the many statistics are:

The factory had

The Devils Porridge
. its own railway network had 125 miles of track, with 34 railway engines.
. its own large power station provided electricity for the factory and the townships
. it had its own water treatment plant handling ten million gallons daily
. its telephone exchange handled 2.5 million calls in 1918
. the factory bakeries produced 14,000 meals and 13,000 loaves daily
. the laundry could clean 6,000 item,5 daily
The Solway factory produced more than all the other plants in Britain put together.

Open - 20th May to 31st October

Wednesday - Saturday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday: 12.00 Noon to 4.00 pm


Adults: 1.00
Children 0.50
Contact Information
The Devil's Porridge Exhibition
St. Johns Churh
Dunedin Road
Dumfries & Galloway

Telephone: 01461 40460
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