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North Weald 15 May 2008 07:58 #1

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From the Archives: North Weald Various Buildings - Copyright ARGL

March 1983

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A few ancient pictures of North Weald

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You can tell a builder from an archaeologist by the size of his trowel. Mine is a small one!
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North Weald 15 May 2008 08:06 #2

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The first two pics are the Type 8/84 Barrack Block (H Block of Stevo fame) that had one wing destroyed during the B of B. As you can see the rest of the building was OK and the building did exactly what it was designed to do. As I have said before on here, it is an excellent design for passive defence. Note the kids on the roof!!

Pics 3 and 5 are the Type C Home Defence Scheme Barrack Block of 1922 but probably built around 1925.

Pic 5 is the Sergeants' Mess - another classic design.

All the above destroyed by the the local authority in one of their purges in 1984 at North Weald (they aquired the site from the MOD). Nil respect for the Nation's Heritage.

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North Weald 15 May 2008 08:10 #3

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Hi

The first two pics are the Type 8/84 Barrack Block (H Block of Stevo fame)


LOL, :wink: No surely it was Barrack block(Type H)!!!

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North Weald 15 May 2008 08:34 #4

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Yes sorry, how silly of me, I was getting my Stevo building types mixed up, I ment barrack block type H.

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North Weald 15 May 2008 09:23 #5

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Picture No 2 is not as old as you think. There's a Health & Safety Inspector standing on the roof ridge supervising! :D

Peter

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North Weald 15 May 2008 17:34 #6

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Yes he is supervising the nicking of slates! This pre-dates H&S I fear

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norwichpaul wrote: Yes he is supervising the nicking of slates! This pre-dates H&S I fear


Nicking slates! Some H blocks had flat roofs; now I know why!

Peter H

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North Weald 17 May 2008 18:51 #8

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Hi Norwich Paul,
I currently work on North Weald airfield as an engineer, and have done a lot of research for the museum there. If I can be of any assistance to you re pictures please let me know.

T-Bolt.

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North Weald 17 May 2008 19:16 #9

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Hi T-Bolt how can you assist? I took the pics along with about a 100 others in 1983, the buildings are long gone, but i am interested, what kind of reasearch?

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Mainly recording what is left and comparing to photo's I have, last week some markings came to light on the inside doors of the remaining original hangar which show the names/ranks ect of personnel from 601 squadron when they where based there. There is also the examination of local crash sites and the posserbility of item recovery in the future.

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