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TOPIC: Bradwell Bay

Bradwell Bay 26 Oct 2009 20:12 #1

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Late-war air photo showing the FIDO installation clearly:

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Bradwell Bay 26 Oct 2009 20:21 #2

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Interesting to see the camoflaged third runway too.

For those that dont know Bradwell Bay, the top of Pauls image above is east.

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Bradwell Bay 26 Oct 2009 20:28 #3

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There was an article in AR a while back, describing the earlier range and landing ground.

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Bradwell Bay 03 Sep 2010 20:47 #4

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The now defunct Nuclear power station is only on one small corner of the airfield, and doesn't really get in the way. There are numerous private property/no trespass signs everywhere (and no hare coursing etc.) From what I understand the owner of the control tower doesn't like it being photographed.
There are numerous pill boxes all around the site and along the sea wall, there are also some nissan huts on the far side around the back of the Othona Community.

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Bradwell Bay 25 Mar 2011 18:29 #5

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Started off my marathon weekend of airfield visits today with a trip to Bradwell. Spoke to one chap who said we could more or less go where we wanted to.
There is quite a bit of the airfield site left to see, Not so much though of the dispersed sites. A few gems lurk about to be seen tucked away in undergrowth.

But one is the St Cedds Cafe, this is a former dispersed site building of so far unknown use, but if you are visiting the airfield do pop in for a hot meal or fresh sandwich.

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Western end of Bradwells main runway.

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Bradwell Bay 25 Mar 2011 22:07 #6

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Two contact lights on the threshhold of the eastern end of Bradwells main R/W

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Road into bulk Aviation fuel and what I believe is the TB pumphouse.

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Seawall Pillboxes, these are unusual in that there was entry to the pillboxes from the 'safe' side of the seawall, with the main part on the coastal side. One has some kind of structure on top. Use unknown so far.

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Stanton shelter hiding in a wood. another near the perimeter track opposite the memorial.

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Bradwell Bay 25 Mar 2011 22:17 #7

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Bradwells Perimeter track is at its original width for 90% of its circumferance, and in very good condition overall.

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Two of the four Blister hangars at the eastern end of the airfield.

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And lastly, the imposing sight of Bradwells Nuclear Power Station dominates the area, this was taken from the southern side of the perimeter track nearly a mile away. It is now in a state of de-commission that will take ten years to make the site safe.

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This concludes my visit today, the 25th March 2011.

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Bradwell Bay 26 Mar 2011 01:23 #8

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Denis;71632 wrote:

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Oooh!
More octagonal Contact Light sockets. :)

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Bradwell Bay 26 Mar 2011 13:18 #9

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And more still! Photographed last autumn, this is at the threshold of the main, with the peritrack curve beyond. The main is almost complete at full width to its entire length. The road to the power station crosses it at the point that Denis took his photograph, (the opposite end to these shots) and for some reason a short section has been reduced in width here. The huge straw stacks shown in one of Denis's pictures are placed along the main runway. You can just make out the directional arrows on the light fitting in the first photo.

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Unlike other airfields that I have visited, often far less complete than this, I found Bradwell a strangely unatmospheric place, even odder when one considers its location on the decidedly strange and remote Dengie Peninsula. I think that the immense and very ugly power station looming over it probably steals most of the atmosphere of the old airfield.

If you take the track from the village to the (very atmospheric) St.Peter on the wall, and pass through or beside the even stranger eco-commune there, you will find a very complete collection of huts that I should imagine certainly served as the garrison buildings for the pill box defenses on the sea wall that Denis photographed.

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Bradwell Bay 26 Mar 2011 13:42 #10

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horrocks;71686 wrote: . You can just make out the directional arrows on the light fitting in the first photo.

Never understood the purpose of these. The lights were completely omnidirectional until the addition of the internal prisms in late 1944. There are some fittings at Llandow where the arrows don't line up with the runway.

Great pictures!

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