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Edgehill / Shenington 01 Mar 2010 08:31 #1

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Not quite my line but...

Re-reading a publication whilst looking for something ese I came across a reference to the Watch Office at Edgehill having been bulit with an extra floor in order to increase the 'visual' aspect due to a drop-off on the main runway.

I have had a quick search of AiX and others sites and determined that the following drawing numbers were recorded:

Watch Office with Ops Room for Bomber Satellite Stations, to patterns 7345/41, 13079/41 and 4170/43

Any truth in the height variation?

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Edgehill / Shenington 25 Jul 2011 14:31 #2

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I took these photographs during 1987 or 1988. Is this tower still standing ?

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Edgehill / Shenington 25 Jul 2011 21:35 #3

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Nice to see that the frames for the runway boards were still intact then. 1987 seems recent to me, must be getting old!
No idea of current state.

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Edgehill / Shenington 26 Jul 2011 04:08 #4

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I used to visit Edgehill several times a year when I was stationed at RAF Gaydon 'just up the road' in the very early '60s. My mate and I on a motor cycle toured the pleasant countryside and 'discovered' the airfield on fine summers day. The farmer/owner was accommodating, friendly and informative (our uniforms helped!) and we had access to everything. Of course at the tender age of 21 I had no idea of the history or that hundreds more airfields waited to be explored. The farmer waxed lyrical of the days of the 'first jet' flying there. Only much later did I find out that he was referring to the Gloster Whittle E28 flight trials in the 1940s. Regrettably, all of the 35mm slides that I took of the airfield and tech site were lost.

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Edgehill / Shenington 17 Jun 2012 22:01 #5

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Some phtoos from a quick visit on Friday 15 June 2012.

1 - Ruunway photo

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2 - Another view of the runway

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3 - Control Tower

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4 - Pyrotechnic Store

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5 - Unknown building on the tech site

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6 - ARS and Windsock

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7 - Extension to the Control Tower

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8 - Dispersals

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9 - Officers Mess on the Communal Site

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10 - Interior view of the Officers Mess

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Edgehill / Shenington 29 Jul 2013 20:31 #6

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I found this on sit-on-my-face-book earlier today. The serial is difficult to make out, even on the original. I suspect it is of Wellington III X3459, which came to an end just short of the threshold at Edgehill, leaving Sgt H Maunsell with injuries on 12/12/44.

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However, it doesn't match the picture of the same machine on the back of Bill Chorleys OTU Losses book. Taken from the port side, all the fabric is in place, but its back is broken. Is this of an earlier crash (prev service with 7/150/300/1481 Flt prior to 12 OTU) anyone know more?
Mods- What county is Edgehill in? Can't find it in the West Mids thread.

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Edgehill / Shenington 21 Mar 2014 21:26 #7

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Here's a set of photos I took recently at Edge Hill -

Many thanks to the people at the gliding club & the owners of the former technical site for letting me wonder about -


The owner of the Tower told me that he will soon be renovating it into a house for him to live in. It will be featuring as many original features as possible including returning a VCR on the roof,

Runway boards still in place -

Pyro cupboard still in place -


More to follow

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Edgehill / Shenington 21 Mar 2014 21:32 #8

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Part 2 -



A really enjoyable airfield to explore with a very interesting history. Shame there's not anything to remind people of the Jet engine testing that went on here.

Cheers
Steve
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Edgehill / Shenington 22 Mar 2014 01:35 #9

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Thanks stevie.

Edgehill airfield was a regular visit site for me when I was based at RAF Gaydon in the early 60s but all my photos from that era were lost.

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Edgehill / Shenington 22 Mar 2014 11:21 #10

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Looking at the photos, especially those building on their last legs, I wondered if there was any merit in rescuing original window frames, doors, door furniture, electrical equipment etc. from any old buildings on disused RAF stations, which the owners consent of course. My thought was that if some day someone wanted to build replicas at another site they would have a stock of original fittings. No idea how that would work though.

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