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    Default Collyweston ESA (RAF Wittering Bomb Store) - August 2010 ** PIC HEAVY **


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    Built around 1955 as a Remote Weapons Store for RAF Wittering after the airfield changed use over several years from a Fighter Station to a Bomber Command Station, now decommissioned and awaiting 'Adaptive Reuse', Collyweston ESA is a fascinating site set deep in the woods with an eerie silence across it, occasionally punctuated by calling Red Kites soaring high above the treetops.

    A Yarnold Sangar Pillbox with an extra section on it forms part of the gate defences adjacent to a Guard House, Sub Station, Mains Room and Admin buildings, various roadways open up and 10 Bomb Maintenance Buildings are located towards the front of the site, the revetted buildings reportedly for 1000lb High Explosive bombs and Cluster Bomb Units.

    Behind this and deep into the compound are rows and rows of explosive storage units: Thirty 'Dutch Barns' (some demolished) for storage of BL755 Cluster Bombs (manufactured by Hunting Engineering in Ampthill, Bedfordshire), several more 1000lb HE storage buildings, SNEB 68mm Rocket storage buildings and perhaps the most interesting, nine hardened 'Igloo' cells with filtered air supply and totally enclosed electrical supplies. These hardened units were used for storing 'unspecified' American explosives from RAF Lakenheath.

    Given the size and construction of the Igloo cells compared to the other buildings and the fact they are the farthest away from the RAF Wittering runway, whatever was in these shelters were some serious toys. Contrary to popular theories though, this site was never used for Project E weapons, these type of weapons remained in the Igloos at RAF Wittering SSA as the US Military insisted that such weapons were never dispersed. This caused some conflict with the RAF who would rather have dispersed the V Force at times of high political tension. The SSA at RAF Wittering is still intact, although derelict and the unusual Fissile Core Stores can still be seen. Both the ESA and SSA share common design features and some of the doors are identical at both sites.

    The site has also been used for several illegal raves over the years, the biggest being in 2006 when an estimated 4500 people partied there for three days non-stop.

    In recent years 'travellers' have helped themselves to miles of 3-phase armoured cable, pipework for the underground fire prevention system and virtually all of the aluminium lamp posts. The Mains Room has been gutted and there's even been an attempt to remove the Sub Station!


    Enjoy the pix :)



    Yarnold Sangar Pillbox


    Bomb Maintenance Buildings












    BL755 Cluster Bomb Storage






    SNEB Rocket Storage






    Igloo's
















    Fire Point






    Last edited by sYnc_below; 18th Aug 10 at 15:01. Reason: pissed off with text links not working so axed them

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    Thanks Hal, for an afternoons explore, it was great to be back on home turf.

    Here's my photo's











    Thanks for looking
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    Cool, I never saw you up high taking them angles.....padlock pic is awesome buddy, It looks HDR but I know it wasn't cos I aw it with my own eyes ;)

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    Hal Chase Cool, I never saw you up high taking them angles
    I took those while you were in the guard house off the top of that 8ft wall.

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    nice one guys, looks like a good explore :) i also really like the padlock shot

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    Nice one, might have to take a look here myself as its only up the road

    -oh and nice meeting you both on sunday :)
    Tickle me.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by losttom View Post
    -oh and nice meeting you both on sunday :)
    Likewise :)

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    Good pics. Can't believe that such a strategically important location has been left like this!!!
    GDZ
    "You never planned on the bombs in the sand/Or sleeping in your dress blues."

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    Here's a few extra pix :)

    Filtered Air System - Igloos (Damaged...)


    Pump House for underground Hydrant system


    Fire Pool


    Bomb Hoist


    Mains Room (sadly ransacked)


    Failed attempt to steal a Sub Station





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    eek that had a pump in last time i went !!!

    nice shots fella:)

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