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    Hi All

    took a trip over to Crowthorne this week, on the way down the A4074 Wallingford to Reading road we spotted these in the woods as we drove by. After parking up and having a look we still have no clue as to what they are for.

    There are 2 brick shelters of some sort, but they are too narrow to be air raid shelters, on the other side of the road is a large concrete water storage tank, running all along one side of the road in the woods are what look like loading platforms although very low, and lot of trenches etc.

    If any body can shed a little light on this it would be a help. Pictures bellow.











    Cheers for looking

    Newage

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    The first thing that came to mind was overground blast shelters, but they're usually on airfields. They do look fairly old though.
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    RAF Woodcote.
    Ive just spent the last month researching it then struck gold.....
    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/amphiaraus/
    Still havent done a full recce, just driven/ wandered about a bit. Tried the HQ field but theres cows everywhere and the farmer was about. Interesting site if you fancy checking it out sometime? Its only 5 mins from my home
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    Great site & pictures Newage. I think Foxy could be right, they could be blast walls / part of a blast shelter. I`ve seen something very similar in Sherwood Forest, an old RAF bomb store site

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    There is a key to this map on the link I posted above. Still quite a few buildings standing and one stanton shelter hiding somewhere. I know roughly where it is but the place is used in the day

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    WOW.........................................

    Just took a look at the URL link the place is fantastic, but I can not find it in my
    Air field book, looks like another visit is in order.

    Cheers All

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    Yeah, I have been for plenty of walks through the woods years ago with my parents, I always thought there was more to it than just a few bits of brick and concrete. They used to do light repairs on plenty of aircraft, including one of my favourites- the P51 Mustang. There is a small stirp, which used to be grass at that time but I think but this was never used as an airstrip. The aircraft would turn up flat packed on flatbed lorries. The HQ site still has some nissen huts and a few other buildings. I got a bit paranoid in there on my own in the dark and went home. Id be up for tagging along with you if youre up for it.

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    I've renamed the thread to reflect it's identification

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    Ah!!! The round thing is a static water tank. I did wonder cos there's a couple at Crimond.

    What were they for then? As opposed to a dynamic water tank or whatever? Firefighting maybe?
    Do it safely, or not at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seahorse View Post
    What were they for then? As opposed to a dynamic water tank or whatever? Firefighting maybe?
    Nail, head hit on it.

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