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Report - Raf Kenley, Surrey - March 2015

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by monk, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. monk

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    visited with ridds last year sometime but never bothered with pictures, so a return trip with topcat seemed like a good idea, especially with it being a nice easy walk in, but oh no, the board fairys had been out in force since the last visit, which meant we had to think, which is not nice so early in the morning.

    pretty stripped inside but a lot of interesting history attached to this place.

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    Can't believe they even bothered boarding it up to be honest. Especially as it seems they didn't even do a particularly good job :rolleyes:
     
  3. monk

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    yeah there about 2 years to late on that one, on another note this place was already trashed, fire damaged, tagged and stripped before any pictures of it went up :thumb
     
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    Interesting to see a Blacker Bombard pit at a RAF Station, as its better known as a Home Guard 'Anti Tank' Weapon - The pintle (mounting point) of which was made of Stainless Steel a very expensive community in wartime! The Blacker Bombard is a 'big brother' to the Infantry PIAT

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    A Home Guard Blacker Bombard loaded ready to use.
     
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    Bit of a tongue twister that @Ordnance :p

    Thanks for the informed update as usual, it's always good to learn more about these military sites from someone in the know than have to wade through the WWW :thumb
     
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    Oh, its sometimes just the case of knowing a fragment of information that is still very much augmented by the greater WWW where unless you know what to look for can take ages!
     
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    I thought of you when I posted that picture ordnance as we wasn't sure what it was, cheers for clearing that up.
     
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    Very nice mate :thumb

    Any air raid shelters left?
     
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    Yeah mate but there all padlocked up
     
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    Fascinating place Kenley, thanks for the images. I went to prep' school nearby and used to visit regularly (just remember the big fire that brought down the hanger/control tower in the 1970s. I have at home the parade square flagpole/tabernacle that I've restored and use as a bench! I also still have a pair of Luftwaffe headphones that I found in the woods there in the 70s. I can only think they were a pilot's souvenir of a kill but not sure. Long may Kenley last, it certainly played its part in keeping us safe.
     
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    Only just seen this, nice report. Cheers.
     
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    Nice! I live right by this place. Used to spend a lot of time at the Aerodrome.
     
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    RAF Kenley is now gone. Someone set fire to it and it burned down 75% of it in the middle of the night. Security has been tightened there as it will now probably be accepted for building permission there for another housing estate.
     
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    Yep, this happened a few weeks back. It was a little suspicious as a company had only very recently applied for planning permission to build on the site, which happened to be a graded building.
     
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    Yeah I believe this is what happened to. The company had been trying for years and kept getting denied so I guess they hired someone to do it. Same story I think for Cane Hill too, the company kept trying to get planning permission but no luck so it was burnt down and it's now a housing estate.
     
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