Monument record 0660603003 - Westcott rocket test site P


Cold War rocket motor test stands P1 and P2 at Westcott.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (II) 1403974: P test-stands and support structures, former Royal Ordnance Establishment, Westcott


Type and Period (1)

  • ROCKET TEST FACILITY (Modern - 1948 AD to 1984 AD?)


Rocket motor test stands survive in two principle groups; those associated with firing solid fuel rocket motors and those asociated with liquid propellants. The two largest liquid propellant firing points are at P site, originally built in late 1940s for testing liquid fuel rocket motors, with P2 later converted in the late 1950s for work on the Rolls Royce RZ2 engine designed to power the Blue Streak intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) (B5).
P1 and P2 sites are to the north of the central section of the NE-SW aligned runway, P1 is the easternmost test stand, P2 is immediately adjacent to the west (B7).
P test stands listed grade II in May 2013. See detailed description, history etc (B15).

Sources (5)

  • <3>SBC19273 Bibliographic reference: Wayne D Cocroft. 2000. Dangerous Energy. pp249-250, Figs 8.23, 8.40.
  • <4>SBC19274 Unpublished document: RCHME. Monument Details :Royal Ordnance Factory Westcott.
  • <5>SBC19422 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2001. Cold War Monuments: an assessment by the Monuments Protection Programme.
  • <7>SBC23214 Unpublished document: David Radford (BCC). 2007. Map extracts annotated with brief notes and photographs taken during site visit in August 2007..
  • <15>SBC24341 Digital archive: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England: Listing Entry.


Grid reference Centred SP 70992 17456 (60m by 45m) (Exact)
Civil Parish WESTCOTT, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

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Record last edited

Oct 13 2017 2:51PM

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