The Story of 'The Angels'

Where does all this information come from

Why were they called 'The Aycliffe Angels'?

What did the Factory manufacture?

Plans and Photos of the Factory (1940s)

TIMELINE of the Factory & Workers

Winston Churchill visits the Aycliffe Factory (1942)

Mrs Dillon - Senior ROF worker who received a medal

Honour at last, thanks to The Northern Echo

The Aycliffe Angels 2000-2020

Extremely dangerous work...

Workers' Houses and Accommodation

350 Houses on Secret Estate in Darlington

Photo Gallery 1 - (Admin Staff)

Photo Gallery 2 - (Production Staff)

Photo Gallery 3 - (Individual Angels)

Photo Gallery 4 - (ROF site in 1945)

Photo Gallery 5 - (ROF Fire Brigade)

Documents and Certificates etc...

What's left of Aycliffe ROF?

Surviving ROF buildings...

Links for History of The Aycliffe Angels


Since the Northern Echo launched its campaign in 1997, people have remembered the Aycliffe Angels in many different ways. We have realised just how heroic and important they were.
This is a list of relevant articles from local newspapers, arranged in reverse chronological order, from 2000-2020:

8 May 2020 The Newton News celebrates VE Day with a four-page pullout on the Angels; John D Clare contributes an article on the 'real' Aycliffe Angels (as opposed to the myth)
6 May 2020 Days before VE Day an explosion tore through the Aycliffe Angels factory - killing eight
17 March 2020 An Aycliffe Angel is one of the figures on the County Durham Women's Banner Group marching banner
10 December 2019 Schoolchildren commemorate Newton Aycliffe's The Aycliffe Angels with sculpture (also here)
29 June 2019 'We just did what we had to do' – Aycliffe Angel looks back at wartime life
1 April 2019 Campaigners debate who should be the first woman honoured by a blue plaque in County Durham
28 January 2018 Newton Aycliffe school's prayer garden honouring town war effort
9 December 2015 Former Newton Aycliffe munitions factory to reopen as a leisure facility (and 27 June 2015
12 October 2014 St. John’s School Tea Party For Aycliffe Angels where they were presented with a ‘certificate of appreciation’ by County Durham's Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowden
26 March 2013 (Despite being raised in the House of Commons by MP Phil Wilson,) Cold water poured on campaign to honour Aycliffe Angels
4 January 2013 Mayor of Great Aycliffe visits INEOS Aycliffe Angels’ Memorial
28 December 2011 Reminders of Aycliffe Angels tragedy go on display at Eden Camp
29th September 2009 Aycliffe Village Local History will display Second World War vehicles uniforms and artefacts
9 August 2007 Aycliffe Angels to be honoured
9 January 2007 Canadian researchers take tips from Aycliffe Angels (and 19 May 2007)
9 May 2005 Angels of the Home Front
22 February 2005 Remembering women's vital work
18 June 2004 Racehorse trainer responds to appeal
29 April 2004 Angels to be honoured in first women’s war memorial
29 November 2003 Leaving a stamp in the stained glass
15 December 2001 Students highlight Angels' bravery