• How Aycliffe Business Park evolved from the ashes of World War II

    How Aycliffe Business Park evolved from the ashes of World War II

    Aycliffe Business Park emanates from World War II – with its original buildings, ammunitions factories, built in 1941.

    The 867-acre group of buildings was named Royal Ordnance Factory 59 – one of several around the country – which were designed to manufacture bombs and bullets for the war effort.

    The marshy location at Aycliffe was ideal, as the site was shrouded in fog and mist for much of the year providing cover against bombing by the Luftwaffe.

    ROF 59, which was visited by then Prime Minister Winston Churchill, employed more than 17,000 people, mainly women, from the surrounding area, who risked their lives every day, filling shells and bullets and assembling detonators and fuses.