Information for record number MWA9177:
Site of possible WWII Cold Storage Depot

Summary Site of a 20th century civil defence building. It may be a Second World War cold storage depot. It is visible on an aerial photograph. The building was located to the west of Stratford upon Avon railway station.
What Is It?  
Type: Civil Defence Building, Cold Store, Emergency Food Centre
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Stratford upon Avon
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 19 55
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Site of possible WWII Cold Storage Depot shows up on 1946 aerial photograph.
2 2 buildings of similar size and scale are visible on either side of an access track on the 1946 RAF photograph; the Site has subsequently been redeveloped and is now in use as a supermarket car park. Boundary of monument adjusted to reflect this.
3 In the post-war period this Site was a Ministry of Agriculture Food Depot. Both of the main buildings had alternate names; the cold store was also referred to as a Meat Store; the second building was either a Flour Store or a Bulk Store. Photograph included of the cold store, with pipework in the foreground.
4 Photograph from 1950 showing the cold store loop line adjacent to Platform 3 of the GWR station, for loading operations.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: Stratford-on-Avon
Date: 1946
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Desk Top Study
Title: Stratford Cold Store - Further Information from John Brace
Author/originator: Brace J
Date: 2014
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: Google Earth Aerial and Street View
Author/originator: Google Earth
Date: 1945-present
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Source No: 4
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: Warwickshire Railways website
Author/originator: Musson M
Date: 2014
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technique Aerial Photograph Aerial photographs are taken during an aerial survey, which involves looking at the ground from above. It is usually easier to see cropmarks and earthworks when they are viewed from above. Aerial photographs help archaeologists to record what they see and to identify new sites. There are two kinds of aerial photographs; oblique and vertical. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument COLD STORE * A room or small building kept at low temperatures for the storage of perishable items, particularly food. back
monument RAILWAY STATION * A place where railway trains regularly stop for taking up and setting down passengers or for receiving goods for transport. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument CIVIL DEFENCE BUILDING * A building used to coordinate civil defence in times of war. Can also be utilized as aid centres in times of national emergency. back
monument BOUNDARY * The limit to an area as defined on a map or by a marker of some form, eg. BOUNDARY WALL. Use specific type where known. back
monument EMERGENCY FOOD CENTRE * An establishment from which food is distributed to the public during wartime or similar states of emergency. back
FOOD DEPOT * A building or site used for the storage and distribution of food. back
monument SUPERMARKET * A large self-service store selling foods and some household goods. back
monument PLATFORM * Unspecified. Use specific type where known. back
monument CAR PARK * A place where cars and other road vehicles may be parked and left. back
STORAGE DEPOT * A building or site used for the storage of goods or equipment. back
monument RAILWAY * A line or track consisting of iron or steel rails, on which passenger carriages or goods wagons are moved, usually by a locomotive engine. back

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