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Report - RAF Croft, Warrington - April '11

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Xan_Asmodi, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Xan_Asmodi

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    I was discussing with SparkUK about wanting to get something done and being frustrated by the Wirral, so we swapped phone numbers with a view to getting out soon. So getting up early (for a student), I ventured over to Liverpool ready to spend an hour and a half on the bus to get to Warrington with no music (I'd accidentally wiped my iPod), but I'd missed it and had about a half hour wait for the next one. I text SparkUK to see what he was up to and if he'd meet me in Warrington. After a quick conversation I was no longer getting the bus, but I was getting picked up my SparkUK in town. Score!

    The main target for the day was Garnett's, which I've been pondering since Ojay and I were last attempting something in "The 'Ton". On the way to "The 'Ton" SparkUK explained about problems with access to Garnett's, and true to form Garnett's didn't happpen. Instead we found what looks like an old convent, managed access but where met by breeze blocked door ways and a broken water pipe. The water spill had eaten through all but three of the cross beams on the upper floor and not being a small bloke, there was no way I was gonna try to cross them.

    After the disappointment that was Warrington town centre, SparkUK decided to show me round the old RAF Croft site. This turned out to be a nice, pleasant wander in the glorious Sunday afternoon sunshine. Right on with the history, then the pictures.

    From RAFBurtonwood.org

    The 1942 date links up nicely with some graffiti that SparkUK and I found (at least I don't think it has been mentioned before), but more on that later

    On with the pics

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    We walked through what is left of the base and ended up in the theater/cinema
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    The theater is quite big, I found it difficult to do this with my pictures
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    There where a few small rooms at the back, but these had been knocked through
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    I managed to climb up toward the rafters
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    From here you can access the theater roof, but as I said earlier, being quite large I didn't care to try and balance over the pipes them climb up
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    I had a look at getting under the stage, but alas, I didn't have any scuba gear with me :rolleyes:

    The view from the projection room (sadly cleared out)
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    Out on to the roof (sorry about the 1024 size. Click through for the fullsize) the projection room is on the right
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    Hiding in the undergrowth are at least two boats
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    We had a look all over the roof, and it was between these two buildings we found the graffiti written in the concrete around an air vent
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    This is what caught my attention. You don't expect to see a swastika carved into concrete on an allied military base
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    "1942"
    The year HMS Gosling was commissioned
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    I believe this says "Hitlerisms year of doom" or "Hitlerisms of doom"
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    Lot's of lovely asbestos still left around the place
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    A few different views of the car
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    After this we climbed back down and had a wander back through the buildings

    This could be the snack bar mentioned on RAFBurtonwood.org
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    That's it here. As usual, there are more pics in the set here
    Slideshow here

    Thanks to SparkUK for a good day out, and thank you for looking :thumb
     

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