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Report - Central Vehicle depot Marchington ( B Depot )


lampy

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Another historical post here, as far as i'm aware no ones ever posted photos from this part of the site ever anywhere.
carnt recall when i took these, in recent years, within the last 10 years.
This part of the site was called ' B depot' and this is where B class military vehicles where stored and maintained ready for dispatch anywhere in the world incase of conflict / break out of war.
After WW2 these depots sprung up all over the country as the threat of another war was on the govenments mind, it was only after the cold war they decided many were surplus to requirements and closed them down.
As far as i know only CVD Ashchurch in Tewkesbury still exists today and i think thats in the process of closing down.
When marchington closed as a CVD it transfered to CVD Hilton which i'l cover on another post.
Now an active industrial estate, some of the small brick buildings shown here have since been demolished.
Virtually all the huge vehicle sheds have been re skinned in metal sheets as originally they were clad in asbestos cement sheets, the internal frames are original as are the floor slabs.
In one corner of the site remained a block of sheds as the military left them, at the time they were vacant, they had been used previously for a timber yard.
Its now John Pye auction house and in use.
This was the time before John pye bought the site.
I would have loved to have explored this site in the early 80's before they started modernising the buildings, i can just recall looking externally at it when looking at the barrack site in 1988 and the B depot site looked totally original then, think only a fraction of it was let as units back then.
On close inspection many original lights and fittings and signs remained from the army years in these asbestos sheds
The black and white photo is an original 1960's shot showing a army vehicle at the back of one of the sheds, could be the same shed i photographed !

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This place had a magical feel to it walking around the old parts like it was lost in time
 
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