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Monkton Farleigh Down, Ammunition Tunnel, Wiltshire – December 2017 Moving on through my backlog of explores; to one myself and Mookster visited back in December. It was to be a nice, slow paced Pre-Christmas day of explores; but sadly this was to be the only site we explored that day. Unfortunately my car had developed an exhaust leak that morning and the rest of the day was rather noisy until the vehicle was repaired. The Monkton Farleigh ammunition depot made use of an old stone quarry below a plateau; around 450 feet above the valley floor in which ran the main line railway. This railway was its principal source of supply. Before the depot could be commissioned, an efficient means was required to bring in ammunition from the railway at Farleigh Down Sidings. These sidings were just over a mile from the depot as the crow flies but over four miles by road along pretty heavy going, tortuous country lanes. The tunnel at Monkton Farleigh was designed to handle around 1000 tons of ammunition each day. Completion was not scheduled until 1941. The tunnel to the railway sidings at Shockerwick was a big player in the Monkton Farleigh mine; offering a secure route which in turn, was invisible to aerial reconnaissance. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 As Always everyone, Thanks! More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157665020437557
Going back a couple of years now, i dusted the mountain bike off, topped myself up with Jack3d and headed to Harewood Forest! I covered some mileage over the day but killing two birds with one stone ensured i had a thoroughly enjoyable day but hitting the deck after mis-judging a tree root wasn't a highlight - blood was drawn but chicks dig scars though, right? Anywho, the history? Basically the RAF required a stretch of woodland not too close to a town, that was rail served and about 25 miles inland to store ammunition. New sidings and a branch network for military traffic were built at the Longparish station in 1942 and concrete roads were built in the forest and to effectively disperse ammunition to the storage huts. Bombs started arriving in the autumn of 1943 and the depot initially stored 40,000 tons which obviously increased around D-Day. Alas and onto the pictures: A once lovely Ford Prefect, slowly rusting away. Water tower Concrete roads were laid down to disperse ammunition to the storage huts The nissen huts were utilised for a far different reason 70 years ago Emergency Water Supply (EWS) - many of these are dotted throughout the forest This is Middleton House, it was a school but taken over and used as a HQ Maintenance Unit 202 This picture was actually with my father when we went in car, it wasn't there when i re-visited on my own. I'll leave it there, thanks for looking!
Visited this place with Lynton, Miss CSI, and SteAlTh last year, it has now been sealed up, but a interesting little explore, Enjoy the pics.My camera wasn't the best then, had a cheap old argos number, the others have better ones. The tiny hole we squeezed through. Lots of old bottles and rubbish lying about, we think that when pleasurama was on the site they used to put some of there stuff inside this place. Lots of carvings in the chalk. This was a nice easy explore.