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    Default Report - RAF Heyford - High School - Feb 10


    Evening Guys,

    On the occasion of my birthday :tumbleweed, I had tried to get in Fairmile Hospital, but was caught by security within 10mins. Therefore still determined to celebrate the occasion in some small way... and after being thrown out of Fairmile I decided to drive to the easier RAF Upper Heyford, despite being told it was fairly striped.
    My explore centred mainly around the High School, as this intrigued me the most, with a brief visit to the accommodation blocks, and mess hall.
    Later I met up with Landieman who took me on a guided tour of the Aylesbury Odeon, where my camera in its unfathomable infinte shiteness gave up the ghost. :(


    History

    Upper Heyford High School was established in the autumn of 1966, in a former World War II prisoner of war barracks. Most of the students and faculty came from American bases across the Channel after the French President Charles DeGaulle withdrew France from military involvement with NATO and ordered the American armed forces to leave.

    There was an elementary school and a junior high school at Upper Heyford at the time, but high school students attended Lakenheath High School, staying in dorms during the school week and returning home on weekends. However after the influx of Americans from France at Heyford, there were far too many new students for Lakenheath to accommodate, and there wasn't time to build a new high school. It was therefore decided to utilize the WWII POW old barracks and found Upper Heyford High School. Maroon and white was selected as the school colors, and Rick Hunter '68 and Mike Brown '69, came up with the school nickname, the Hadites.

    In the autumn of 1975, the school closed at Upper Heyford and was moved to RAF Croughton, but was still called Upper Heyford High School until the end of the Spring semester in 1982, when it became Croughton High School.
    With the end of the Cold War and reduction of American forces in Europe, CHS was closed in 1997, bringing an end to the Hadite legacy.


    Today



    The site stands vacant, with no current plans in a level of decay some people on here love, and others hate.





    Water tower, sadly too difficult to climb









    Main Assembly Hall



    Boiler room



    Gauge porn



    One of the many classrooms



    Staircase in the Mess Hall






    One of the Accomodation blocks, explored but rather empty

    Regards,
    Last edited by The Kaiser; 27th Feb 10 at 16:45. Reason: more history

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Kaiser View Post

    Water tower, sadly too difficult to climb

    Difficult to climb, in what way, have you got a wooden leg...? Get up there....

    Youd have got some nice shots of the area from up there :)

    Good report tho.
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    Good report there Kaiser..I wouldnt climb that tower either cos I am a self confessed wooss!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Mole View Post
    Difficult to climb, in what way, have you got a wooden leg...? Get up there....

    Youd have got some nice shots of the area from up there :)

    Good report tho.
    Well the ladder cage has been sealed off, with mesh around it, so the only way up would have been to climb on the outside of the cage to the first level, a good 5-6m high... without a rope I didn't fancy my chances
    Had the cage been opened I'd have glady climbed it, as woul have many people I guess. Cheers for the feedback though :)

    Quote Originally Posted by klempner69 View Post
    Good report there Kaiser..I wouldnt climb that tower either cos I am a self confessed wooss!!!
    Cheers mate :)

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    Nice pics Kaiser.

    Reminds me of my old school

    I wouldn't go up the water tower either. Looks a bit topheavy to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borntobemild View Post
    Nice pics Kaiser.

    Reminds me of my old school
    Thanks mate :). Since the site was a former POW camp I'm glad I didn't go to your schoo l ;)
    Last edited by The Kaiser; 27th Feb 10 at 17:16.

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    I have memories of Upper Heyford from when it was active. I remember being there the morning after the raid on Libya.


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