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Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Wat Tyler Country Park – Explosives Factory

The Wat Tyler Project has transformed the park, with its legacy of historic buildings and fascinating wildlife, into a centre of excellence. Around 100 years ago, the Pitsea factory produced dynamite, gelignite and other explosives based on nitroglycerine for blasting rocks and mining. It also made nitroglycerine as an ingredient to be mixed with guncotton for producing cordite.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


Pitsea Hall Lane Pitsea Basildon Essex SS16 4UH

Open days

Park open daily 0900-1800 (0900-1700 between Nov-Mar).


By Rail: Pitsea / 0.5 miles

Follow the signs around the Wat Tyler explosives trail and uncover the evidence of a huge and complex operation that spread right across the whole park site. 

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