Monthly Archives: August 2006

RAF Oakington – Cambridgeshire

RAF Oakington closed many years ago – in 1999 to be precise. A year later the domestic areas were turned into a high security immigration reception centre. The good news is that technical buildings such as boiler-rooms and hangars aren’t … Continue reading

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RAF West Raynham – Norfolk

RAF West Raynham is in Norfolk, near a town called Swaffham. It is seriously in the middle of nowhere, and was quite hard to find. It closed in 1994, and at the end of 2005 was put up for auction. … Continue reading

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Ipswich Sugar Factory

The sugar factory in Ipswich was built in 1925. It was closed by British Sugar 76 years later. There are plans to turn the entire site into a housing with nature reserve. I visited the factory with Speed and we … Continue reading

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Beacon Hill Fort – Harwich

Beacon Hill Fort is one of three defences on the estruary of the River Orwell. One is at Felixstowe, and the other at Shotley. Harwich has had a long naval history, with something at Beacon Hill since at least Henry … Continue reading

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Chesterton Junction Railway Yard – Cambridge

This railway yard is on the outskirts of Cambridge. It was primarily used as a depot to assemble new track panels and concrete sleepers. In later years it was used for general freight. Not much remains on site now – … Continue reading

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RAF Watton – Norfolk

RAF Watton closed in 1991 and sold in 1998. The residential areas were sold for residential use; and most of the technical buildings have been demolished, ie control towers, water towers, boiler rooms etc. Not much remains of the base … Continue reading

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RAF Shepherds Grove – Suffolk

RAF Shepherds Grove is located on the outskirts of the sleepy Suffolk village of Stanton. It was built during WW2 as an airfield for bombers. During the Cold War in the 1950’s the USAF took over and based jet fighters … Continue reading

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