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Landie_Man posted a topic in Religious SitesFunny one this really. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve known about it for years but thought IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d go and check it out, its situated fairly near my house and there is a public footpath going through a yard which leads to the building. The place is Ã¢â‚¬Å“open to allÃ¢â‚¬Â but first a key must be obtained from a local shop and they decide whether to let you in or not. The church is kind of derelict but its looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust. I chanced it and found a way in, so its kind of part permission visit, part not. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like to think of it like a proper tourist explore with "turnstiles", opening hours and a gift shop, because its not, its disused and looked after but its not got a reception, entry fee or staff moping around. Its dusty, dark and cold inside and certainly doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the Ã¢â‚¬Å“organisedÃ¢â‚¬Â feel of a site you can Ã¢â‚¬Å“visitÃ¢â‚¬Â. The church would have served parts of Aylesbury which no longer exist, and Quarrendon Village which is now a well known local Housing Estate. St Marys is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. John Wesley preached his very first sermon in the church soon after he was ordained deacon in September of 1725. The church originally dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, and could well stand on the site of an earlier church. Some Alterations were made in the 14th and 15th centuries and a full restoration in 1868 by George Gilbert Scott.Ã¯Â¿Â½* By the 20th January 1972 the church was declared redundant and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 24 October 1973. There was some work done on it in the last few years and money spent, including a one day licence so that a local family could have a wedding inside, but apart from that, its just there for local interest. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 Guestbook went back to 1983 #12 #13
Rik posted a topic in Military SitesHistory RAF Cheddington (also known as RAF Marsworth) is a former Royal Air Force station located 1 mile south-west of Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England. The airfield was closed in 1952. Cheddington was used as a First World War aerodrome briefly during 1917. The airfield was closed after the armistice. During the Second World War, Cheddington Airfield opened in March 1942 as a satellite station to RAF Wing, with 26 Operational Training Unit, Vickers Wellington bombers (these had the codes "EU" on the aircraft sides). My Visit Visited with Southside Assassin, nice boiling hot day after the ROC post I wanted to go back here as my first visit was interrupted by a business owner on site, and even though he was a nice enough chap I didn't get to see the extra parts like the explosives store with the massive door and the shelters that are on the site. Sadly the main hangar is on its last legs, the wall has collapsed since my last visit one side, it is only a matter of time before it all collapses, so if you want to see that again be quick! Also there is a bonus little few photographs at the end of this report, found a great bonus explore! Big red thing! Main Base Memorial First Shelter
Rik posted a topic in Military SitesMy visit Visited with Southside Assassin, thanks to him for the nice day out Roasting hot day and I mean roasting, Southside and I decided on a little mooch over to Cheddington again, I had missed a fair few bits of the base so wanted to go back, we stopped by the ROC post, my first ROC post and even though it was trashed it was nice to get one under my belt as most local ones have been destroyed or filled in Thanks for looking!
Rik posted a topic in Industrial LocationsWolverton Railway Works History Wolverton railway works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 miles (180 km)-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson following the great success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line. The Victorian era new towns of Wolverton and New Bradwell were built to house the workers and service the works. The older towns of Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell grew substantially too, being joined to it by a tramway and branch line (known as the "Newport Nobby"), respectively. The trams were also hauled by steam locomotives: the tram cars were certainly the largest ever in the UK and possibly the world. In modern times Wolverton railway works remains notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday. As of 2013, the facility is much reduced: a full-scale train maintenance, repairs and refurbishment works is operated at the western end of the site, the central area is derelict but slated for redevelopment, the eastern end is a Tesco store with canal-side housing development at the extreme eastern end. My Visit Visited with Southside Assassin, was a great explore, for some reason I wasn't expecting much from Wolverton, perhaps just the description of Railway works and not being a trainspotter, it didn't really get my juices flowing. I couldn't have been more wrong!! Once inside I could see this was going to be a great explore, it has everything, high parts, underground cellars, industrial equipment, in fact I would liken it to a mini Millennium Mills type explore. We mooched around for 5hrs in this place, I loved it! Once again thank you to Southside Assassin for introducing me to this little nugget. The place is mostly made of wood, so hasnt stood the test of time very well, its very spongy and downright dangerous in some places, not sure how much longer this place has left, not long! The Cellars Lower Floor 1st Floor Thank you for looking!