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    The Islip Reserve Fuel Depot was built for the R.A.F.prior to World War II for airfield fuel supply and later taken over by ESSO. GPSS stands for Government Pipelines & Storage System. The depot was first used in the late 1930s by the RAF as a reserve fuel depot with a capacity of around 6500 tons. After the war the site was taken over by Esso as a fuel dispersal depot, and it was expanded in the 1960's. The site closed down in 1969. It is believed it was used after 1969 to supply jet fuel to RAF Upper Heyford as the pipeline stretched out to a village next to the airbase. The pumps have been disused since the early 1990's, and the base closed down in 1994.
    Inspired by mooksters report, I knew this site was close fairly close to where I work, so thought an early evening mooch would be spot on here, now that we have more light :) My hunch on where I would find access proved correct, and I was in quickly. Had around half an hour mooching round the site before the light faded, and luckily no sign of angry farmers :)
    Quite a few interesting features here, and more local military history.





















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    Sweet pics! Looks like a cool place.

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    Nice to see those gauges havent been smashed!

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    looks well worth a wander thanks for sharing :D
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    Nice pictures ,good to see things still intact.

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