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TOPIC: Balloon Filling Hut

Balloon Filling Hut 20 Jul 2008 00:16 #1

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Balloon Filling Hut 5749/36

Does anyone have any good photos and/or drawings of this building? I've only seen them in the background, appear to be only about 6 feet square temporary brick.

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Balloon Filling Hut 20 Jul 2008 06:05 #2

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Hi Karl

Care to elaborate mate? I must admit to not even having ever heard of one before!

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Balloon Filling Hut 20 Jul 2008 09:48 #3

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CDP wrote: Hi Karl

Care to elaborate mate? I must admit to not even having ever heard of one before!

Chris


I think that Karl is referring to a small building used to store hydrogen (or helium?) cylinders for filling meteorological balloons used for checking windspeeds.

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Balloon Filling Hut 20 Jul 2008 11:35 #4

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Peter is correct. It was a small hut usually in the vicinity of the tower. Here is a photo (of a photo on the wall at the Thorpe Abbotts Tower Museum) showing the area north of the tower being cleared. The small building closest to the viewer is the balloon filling hut and the far building is the RU Pyro Store.

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Balloon Filling Hut 20 Jul 2008 14:46 #5

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Ah-ha - many thanks. Will have to keep an eye out for those in future. Is the one at Thorpe Abbots still extant?

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Balloon Filling Hut 20 Jul 2008 16:51 #6

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One at Thorpe is long gone Chris, either that or I am blind!

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Balloon Filling Hut 20 Jul 2008 18:24 #7

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Richard is right, it's long gone. The visitor's center is over the location. For some reason, the Pyro Store is there, half in and half out of the side of the hut. There was also a good sized M & E plinth north of the NFE shed. There is a building on that spot as well, the one that contains the large model display.

There is a photo in the book "Ridgewells Flying Fortresses" of the tower and the balloon filling hut is just visible in the upper right. This photo (from the air) is seen in other books, but the hut is cropped out.

Here is another picture. Again, a picture of a picture; if you visit the Museum, these photos are along the right side (as you go in) of the lower hallway. They show the early days when the volunteers started cleaning out all the brush around the buildings. As you can see, temporary brick with (most likely) an asbestos roof. I think another photo shows a window in the back. It looks like a small latrine!

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Balloon Filling Hut 21 Jul 2008 18:45 #8

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St Mawgans' still exists and is in very good order, was used recently for storage.
Will post pics soon.

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Balloon Filling Hut 21 Jul 2008 19:08 #9

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Could you also take some measurements? I want to build a scale model of it as I am working on the buildings around the tower at Thorpe Abbotts. It would be greatly appreciated!

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Balloon Filling Hut 21 Jul 2008 19:10 #10

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Actually the Mawgan looks a bit more substantial, so probably a newer version. Heres some pics anyhow.
Im assuming these were only built on stations with a full met section/facility?

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And '06

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