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  1. On my way home from an overnight explore down south, it seemed a shame to waste the beautiful summer-like days we were having in mid-February, so I decided to stop off at RAF Coningsby's old weapons storage facility. It's not all that far from where I live, and I'd been meaning to take a look whenever I had a chance, so this seemed like the ideal opportunity. History RAF Coningsby Remote Weapons Store, as the name suggests, is a facility built for the purpose of storing and preparing weapons including missiles and bombs, situated in a separate compound close to the outer edge of the main airbase. The facility was built in order to reduce the quantity of explosives stored within the base, therefore reducing the number of personnel and aircraft exposed to risk. An incident occurred in 1971 when an electrostatic discharge caused a SNEB rocket that was being prepared to initiate its rocket motor. Two armourers were killed, and this could be one of the reasons for deciding to build the store further away. RAF Coningsby itself is operational as Quick Reaction Alert station, and is home to Eurofighter Typhoons from No. 3 Squadron, No. XI Squadron and No. 29 Squadron. Little information is available about the history of the bomb store, but this is no surprise owing to the fact it belongs to an active RAF base. The facility has separate storage and preparation facilities and does not appear on historic maps dated 1977 or earlier. Hardened Aircraft Shelters were constructed within the airbase from 1981-1987 to accommodate Tornado Jets. The Tornados were capable of carrying a range of missiles and weaponry, so it is likely the weapons storage facility was built around the same time as the hangars to service the weaponry for those aircraft. The facility appears to have been out of use for a good number of years. Aerial view of the weapons store as seen on Google Maps This hand-drawn plan was found within the site View down the road of section 1 Storage areas in section 4 The entrance to storage area 14C Building 21F entrance Building 12 contained this mobile communications unit Inside the mobile comms unit There were also some opened crates of naval gun mounts Missile Servicing Bay and an ivy-clad building Inside the ivy building Missile Servicing Bay A few of the other buildings scattered around the site... Looking over to the command centre Inside the command centre Bunk beds I'm not sure what this does, but it looked pretty cool Huge diesel generator Sentry post at the east gate Eastern gateway
  2. That's a good tower, and the other room you found is really interesting too
  3. Beautiful Asian architecture, love it
  4. One of the best smaller power stations I've seen, so sad to see it such a mess
  5. Some nice bits in there, I'm especially liking those old tiles
  6. Fantastic brutalist architecture, and so many seats! (Don't forget to add the month/year visited to the title, cheers)
  7. Some really good pictures there. I especially like the sunken boat.
  8. Don't forget to add the month & year visited to your titles Cheers
  9. Who would have thought a room filled with loos could be so interesting! Loving the light and all the green Would you be able to add the month and year visited to the title please
  10. That's not how it works I'm afraid, we need the images to be added into the report with a bit of history if available please, along with the month and year visited in the title.
  11. That's a great little story to go with this, and a nice looking place too. P.S. can you add the month and year visited to your titles please Thanks
  12. Looks like there's still plenty of stuff to have a rummage through
  13. This is cool, some interesting features in there
  14. Oh, now this is the kind of house that's interesting! Old and untouched. Fantastic!
  15. Whitley Bridge Mill was originally built in 1870s by John and Thomas Croysdale. Powered by electricity and steam, the mill utilised roller milling, a technique that had revolutionised the flour industry. For more than 100 years the mill was owned by James Bowman & Sons Ltd. Bowmans ceased operations at the mill in 2016 after making the decision to move away from flour milling, and the mill was subsequently closed. Much of the machinery and equipment had been sold at auction, and extensive damaged caused to the building during the removal of the equipment. However enough remained to make this an interesting visit. The building is like a maze, and we kept find more and more bits every time we thought we'd covered the entire place. Visited with @The Amateur Wanderer. Archive image of the mill The mill as it stands today Autoroller roller mills More roller mills The roller mills were the main machinery in the flour milling process One of the few remaining original windows, although now with a metal sheet covering The laboratory was quite interesting Note the Bowmans logo used to form a pattern in the tiles Rear exterior and silos Fuel pumps
  16. This is really good. I love the control room and the little turbines.
  17. I like the brutalist look to the place. Like you say it's unusual, but pretty cool!