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Report - Remnants of RAF Methwold - bunkers and shelters - pictured 6th Sept 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by BenC, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. BenC

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    Hope I got the right part of the forum for this, wasn't sure if it went in Military or Underground, I guess its a bit of both, mods please move if needed!

    RAF Methwold was closed in 1946 and the site finally sold off in 1960, some of the hangars remain but the rest of the airfield returned to farmland. I didn't expect there to be anything else left over, but mother-in-law does a lot of dog walking in the area and noticed a few concrete items nestling amongst the trees, so we set off on a nice sunny afternoon to investigate.

    For site history, visit Wikipedia. This article says that there is a battle control bunker to the southern edge of the site, as well as gun pits and air raid shelters.

    These two are just off a track that runs between the B1112 Methwold-Brandon road and Lodge Road into Feltwell, the Feltwell end of the track is signposted as Quarry and Landfill access and is a tarmac road as far as that, so it's easy to spot. However, these structures are more Methwold end; looking at Google Maps aerial view, the bunker's lid can be picked out in the ferns just east of the pig farm; the shelters are well in the trees.

    If you want more precise locations, PM me and I can show you on Google Maps.


    On with the pictures...

    The concrete cap of what I assume was the battle control bunker. You can see this on Google Earth, in the corner of the field adjacent the pig farm.

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    Round the far side of it, the hatch...

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    The ladder puts you about 6ft below the surface, behind you is the room beneath the concrete cap, with little slits to look out of.

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    or you can continue down more steps to the underground rooms, of which there are three. All rooms are empty, barring the odd bit of rubbish. It is remarkably dry down here, the only damp bit being the steps in as the hatch has been nicked.

    This is the larger central room with the steps leading down from the far right

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    Around it are two side rooms, which are interlinked.

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    There are also windows between the rooms, through which I see my Mrs, looking a bit awkward! Our Patterdale terrier was looking for rats...

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    Near the doorways to these side rooms, is another set of steps up and out, attempts to exit via this route led to stings and ripped trousers! Back out the way we came in then...! Forgot to photo this other access.

    Back outside, stood by where the other stairs came out looking back at the concrete cap, quite a decent sized structure!

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    Walking back to the car, mother-in-law spotted this concrete shaft about 30 yards off the pathway. No way down it but the outline of the shelter was visible above ground.

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    Followed the outline of the shelter to find...

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    Apparently there is at least one other air raid shelter out there, however at the time of our visit, the ferns were waist high and made finding stuff rather awkward! Have to revisit in the early Spring when they've died off.

    More obvious, however, is this gun pit in the corner of the field between the shelter and the bunker.

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    More photos on my Flickr account here
     
    #1 BenC, Sep 7, 2014
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  2. norfolkexplorer

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    Re: Remnants of RAF Methwold - bunkers and shelters

    Nice find that man
     
  3. The Kwan

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    Re: Remnants of RAF Methwold - bunkers and shelters

    Cheers for posting this Ben it just needs a month and year in the main title, nice find :)
     
  4. pigdog

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    1 of the best battle HQ ive seen
     
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