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    Default Bentham Works, Gloucestershire March 2013


    Bentham Works was the original site of the Gloster Aircraft Company. Yes, it was deliberately abbreviated because international customers claimed that the name "Gloucestershire" was too difficult to spell :)
    Bentham Works was where many of the UK's early fighter jets were prototyped and tested. GAC used the site from 1940 to 1963, since when the buildings have changed hands a few times up until 1998. Since that time the buildings have remained empty.
    Visted on a very cold day with below freezing temperatures....































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    Good report. Love the use/spelling of 'Gloster'.
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    nice pics BUT, it wasnt the "original site" for GAC,which first started production in Cheltenham in 1917, the Bentham site which was a subsiduary of the main factory, then sited at Hucclecote/ Brockworth, wasnt built until 1941 and was used only for light manufacturing of parts and drawing offices and as such it was never used for testing Aircraft, but yes, nice pics..
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    cheers for the info ricasso - happy to be corrected by a local :)

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