Greenham Common and two remaining features

Help Support Derelict Places:

Alansworld

Regular Member
Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 2, 2010
Messages
209
Reaction score
177
Location
Newbury
I wondered if you would be interested to see a couple of short videos of features not demolished at Greenham Common. Although these days it's largely a common, the demolishers did leave behind a handful of the original installations

The first is of the Chlorination Building (what I call it). I understand it was used for the purification and chlorination of water from the nearby artesian well:



Secondly, the firefighters' practice plane and what I call the Bat Building, because at one time there was a sign on it advising people not to disturb the bats. More recently you could get inside it, and I know that people were sleeping rough in it. But in just the last few weeks it's been secured with iron panels:


Both are in 4K, so use that if you can. Hope you find them of interest.
 

Newage

Regular Member
Veteran Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2006
Messages
700
Reaction score
2,443
The SSA bomb dump is always worth a look.

cheers Newage
 

Hayman

Regular Member
Joined
May 14, 2018
Messages
357
Reaction score
265
I wondered if you would be interested to see a couple of short videos of features not demolished at Greenham Common. Although these days it's largely a common, the demolishers did leave behind a handful of the original installations

The first is of the Chlorination Building (what I call it). I understand it was used for the purification and chlorination of water from the nearby artesian well:



Secondly, the firefighters' practice plane and what I call the Bat Building, because at one time there was a sign on it advising people not to disturb the bats. More recently you could get inside it, and I know that people were sleeping rough in it. But in just the last few weeks it's been secured with iron panels:


Both are in 4K, so use that if you can. Hope you find them of interest.
Regarding the firefighters' practice plane, I recall an airport somewhere that had an old passenger jet for the fire crew to practice on. It was doused in (probably) kerosene which was lit and the alarm raised.
 

Alansworld

Regular Member
Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 2, 2010
Messages
209
Reaction score
177
Location
Newbury
Newage: there are two bomb dumps associated with Greenham Common. Both are outside the main perimeter - one is quite close to it, just over the road, and is open to wanderers, though there's not a lot left to see. The other is a mile or so down the main road and then down a dead-end side road. You can't get into it now, but a few years ago I got in and spotted what were presumably bomb hoists or cranes. Now well overgrown.
 

Mearing

Regular Member
Joined
Jun 28, 2013
Messages
119
Reaction score
88
Location
Stratford on Avon
Regarding the firefighters' practice plane, I recall an airport somewhere that had an old passenger jet for the fire crew to practice on. It was doused in (probably) kerosene which was lit and the alarm raised.
Moreton on Marsh airfield is now the home of the Fire Service College. The runways there have all sorts of aircraft,vehicles etc burned and wrecked in simulated crash scenarios for training excercises.
 

BikinGlynn

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2014
Messages
1,834
Reaction score
3,402
Moreton on Marsh airfield is now the home of the Fire Service College. The runways there have all sorts of aircraft,vehicles etc burned and wrecked in simulated crash scenarios for training excercises.

I believe Predenakk is used similarly
 

Hayman

Regular Member
Joined
May 14, 2018
Messages
357
Reaction score
265
Moreton on Marsh airfield is now the home of the Fire Service College. The runways there have all sorts of aircraft,vehicles etc burned and wrecked in simulated crash scenarios for training excercises.
This was a normal, fully operational civilian airport. The sight of the the fire tenders racing to the burning fuselage might not have endeared too many of those landing or about to take off to air travel.
 

Home Front History

Regular Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2021
Messages
28
Reaction score
19
I wondered if you would be interested to see a couple of short videos of features not demolished at Greenham Common. Although these days it's largely a common, the demolishers did leave behind a handful of the original installations

The first is of the Chlorination Building (what I call it). I understand it was used for the purification and chlorination of water from the nearby artesian well:



Secondly, the firefighters' practice plane and what I call the Bat Building, because at one time there was a sign on it advising people not to disturb the bats. More recently you could get inside it, and I know that people were sleeping rough in it. But in just the last few weeks it's been secured with iron panels:


Both are in 4K, so use that if you can. Hope you find them of interest.
Very interesting information. I was fortunate enough to have access to the site when it was still in military service with much of the WW2 infrastructure in place. Many of the temporary brick buildings had walls adorned with 'nose art' style paintings - the parachute drying tower still had all the original WW2 equipment intact. It was a sad day history wise when they moved the bulldozers in. A handful of original buildings remain, thankfully
 

Hayman

Regular Member
Joined
May 14, 2018
Messages
357
Reaction score
265
Very interesting information. I was fortunate enough to have access to the site when it was still in military service with much of the WW2 infrastructure in place. Many of the temporary brick buildings had walls adorned with 'nose art' style paintings - the parachute drying tower still had all the original WW2 equipment intact. It was a sad day history wise when they moved the bulldozers in. A handful of original buildings remain, thankfully
Imagine bulldozing Stonehenge "because it is no longer in use for its original purpose"!!!
 

Zotez

Regular Member
Veteran Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2010
Messages
196
Reaction score
69
Newage: there are two bomb dumps associated with Greenham Common. Both are outside the main perimeter - one is quite close to it, just over the road, and is open to wanderers, though there's not a lot left to see. The other is a mile or so down the main road and then down a dead-end side road. You can't get into it now, but a few years ago I got in and spotted what were presumably bomb hoists or cranes. Now well overgrown.
The one a mile down the road always used to be accessible, the guy who owns the yard opposite told me the owners have no problem with people looking around
 
Top