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TOPIC: Asfordby - GOVERNMENT GUN PROOFING RANGE

Asfordby - GOVERNMENT GUN PROOFING RANGE 04 Jul 2018 18:01 #1

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In July 1918 the Midland Railway were asked to modify the "North Sidings" near Asfordby to accommodate a Government Gun Proof Range as requested by the Ministry of Munitions. The range was being built adjacent to these sidings, and a loop was provided by the Midland at the Government's cost, giving a total capacity for the North Sidings of 210 wagons. However a 1938 drawing discounts the loop (as a private siding), showing the capacity to be 186 wagons. The sidings for "Holwell Proof Butts" were further extended at the Government's request at the start of the Second World War - users including the Home Guard. An estimate for the work of £2300 dated October 31st 1939 exists at Kew but alas the siding drawing does not, so I cannot be sure what changes were made, or whether this arrangement of sidings remained in place until the end of 1968. The range became known as Asfordby Gun Range, servicing heavy-calibre guns, but the noise became a major source of annoyance to Asfordby residents. It is possible it fell into disuse for a while, because in 1965, local residents protested at plans by the MOD to reopen it, and a noise muffling tunnel was installed in 1968. When it did close in March 1971, some 70 employees were made redundant. The MOD blamed the closure of the 50year-old range and redundancies on the local residents. The last gun was fired at Asfordby Gun Range in October 1971 in a short ceremony to mark its closure. During the 1980s and 1990s, the badly decaying site was occasionally used for training exercises, and also featured in an episode of the 1990s Central TV programme Boon starring Michael Elphick


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Asfordby - GOVERNMENT GUN PROOFING RANGE 06 Jul 2018 16:33 #2

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Great photos, superb post and something different too.

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Asfordby - GOVERNMENT GUN PROOFING RANGE 07 Jul 2018 07:45 #3

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It looks as if the trees surrounding the structures were specially selected and planted to reduce the noise levels from within. Presumably in response to NIMBY complaints?

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