Warehouse 701
Reclaim • Recraft • Rehome
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Our Story

Warehouse 701 has been trading architectural salvage since 1954. We have now grown to include an expansive range of new and re-crafted items that beautifully complement our stunning range of reclaimed materials & garden features.

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Set in a WW1 munitions factory, we are a place infused with heritage and bursting with nostalgia, just like the wonderful treasures which await inside.

A playground of reclaimed building materials, interiors and garden features where you can find anything from a Tudor hand carved beam to a retro arcade game.

We would love you to come and see us so we can show you our full collection. 

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe a home should be filled with stories.

Every one of our salvaged old treasures whispers tales of times gone by. Of lives throughout the decades. Of monumental historic milestones. And of a time when things were made by hand and built to last. 

Every perfect imperfection makes them entirely one-of-a-kind. And in every wrinkle or scar is a unique tale of a life previously lived. 

It ought to be noted that by re-cycling and re-homing these old codgers you are also helping to look after the planet, at a time when there is tremendous pressure on our resources. 

Think of us as guardians of all the marvellous old treasures we salvage. We bring them in out of the cold, listen to all their tales, give them some tlc and do our upmost to find them a loving new home. 

We are an emporium of weird and wonderful curiosities from throughout the ages, waiting to fill your home with historic tales.  

 

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THE WAREHOUSE

The National Shell Filling Factory on the Rotherwas Industrial Estate in Hereford was initially erected under the direction of Lloyd George as Minister of War in 1915. The Factory itself was constructed by the Ministry of Munitions on the site of the Rotherwas Mansion, which had been demolished prior to the factory build because of a fire. Shell filling began here on 11 November 1916.

The extensive WW1 site consisted of 27 miles of standard gauge railway, three miles of road, nine miles of guard fence, 10 miles of footpaths and sentry paths, and 370 buildings.  

At its peak, 6000 workers were employed at the munitions factory 4,000 of these gained the name ‘Canary girls’ as a result of the jaundice they suffered due to their important but hazardous work.

Our site is also on the boundaries of the disused Hereford to Ross railway, closed as a result of Lord Beechings’ 1963 Report. This line joined into the munition factory’s extensive internal rail system, many sections which are still being uncovered.

For a detailed history of the site, John Edmunds’s book “The History of the Rotherwas Munitions Factory at Hereford” is the definitive record.