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j4cko
04-09-2008, 19:58
A few of us took a visit to the old Thor Missile pads at RAF Harrington the other night. Here are a few pics

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03888.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03889.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03893.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03895.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03896.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03897.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03899.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03900.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03902.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03903.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03904.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03906.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03908.jpg
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03912.jpg

some old pics off the net

Thor missile approx 68ft in length
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/thor1.jpg

picture of the last thor missile leaving harrington in the 60s
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/lastthorharrington.jpg

thor pad
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/burnedpad01.jpg

thor missile pad layout
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/Thorlayout.jpg

thor missile launch
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/A3452_59.jpg

Jerry
05-09-2008, 14:05
Nice little sites, and well done.

Can anyone tell me what this was, please.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03906.jpg

I've only seen one at Folkingham, its about 350yards away from one of the pads?

Thanks in advance.

Jerry

j4cko
05-09-2008, 14:30
we dont really know what it is either, im guessing it would have held an oil drum or something similar? It was quite a way away from the pads themselves and obviously there is a mix of WW2 and Cold war features at Harrington

stevie
05-09-2008, 15:12
Great pics J4cko,

Those thor pads are in a lot better condition compared to the one's at Melton Mowbray.

Not visited Harrington for many years. Think i may pop back up there again next week as i've got the week off from work :lol:

Anybody have any idea if that great little museum is still open there?

Richard Flagg
05-09-2008, 15:24
Museum is still there Stevie


http://harringtonmuseum.org.uk/

Open weekends and Bank Hols and its one of the museums that unfotunately doesn't allow photography. I've heard its an excelelnt little museum and one I'd like to look at sometime.

stevie
05-09-2008, 15:45
Thanks Rich,

It is a really good museum and highly recommended. Good to hear it's still open to the public.
There's a great memorial there as well if i remember rightly in memory of the 'carpetbaggers' who were based there.

j4cko
05-09-2008, 18:33
yep it's certainly still open, i visited last weekend

PETERTHEEATER
06-09-2008, 06:58
Nice little sites, and well done.

Can anyone tell me what this was, please.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/spanner282006/DSC03906.jpg

I've only seen one at Folkingham, its about 350yards away from one of the pads?

Thanks in advance.

Jerry

THOR sites had a hardstand area - usually around 200 to 300 metres away from the launch pad - on which was positioned the Launch Control Trailer, a Test Trailer, four generators and a 5,000 gallon (22,000 ish litre) oil tank.

It's not possible to judge the size of your object but it certainly a tank support.

Peter H

j4cko
06-09-2008, 12:01
i think it would have been around 6 feet to the bottom of the cradle

stevie
10-09-2008, 00:11
Was going to make a seperate post about the actual airfield itself at Harrington but to be honest i really couldn't find that much in the way of surviving buildings or runways etc to make it worth while so i thought i'd post what i did discover there in this thread.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370571.jpg
The memorial at Harrington dedicated to the 801st/492nd 'carpetbaggers' showing one of the stations US B-24's taking off.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370572.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370573.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370575.jpg
..Out on the main airfield. This is pretty much all that remains of the E/W runway. In fact i couldn't find any other remaining sections of runway at all.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370548.jpg
This building is standing on that same piece of runway...perhaps from the something to do with Harringtons Thor complex?
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370559.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370558.jpg
Despite the lack of remaining runways theres still quite a lot of peri track surviving on the western side of the airfield.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370549.jpg
There really are some inconsiderate farmers around aren't there? Ruining my shot with there bales of hay like that :wink:
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370545.jpg
Looking across the site from the peri track to where the Thor pads still stand.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370553.jpg
Shooting butt.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370550.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370551.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370574.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370541.jpg

After searching through all the undergrowth (not a good idea when it's hammering down with rain...we looked like we had taken a bath in a mud pit when we re-emerged back at the car) the only buildings we could find where these which now house the excellent carpetbaggers museum.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370540.jpg
The original path that takes you from the museum site and eventually on to the main airfield site. Best recommended when the weathers a bit more pleasent. :|
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL370543.jpg

Does anybody know of any other surviving airfield related buildings in the area? We had to give up searching in the end as it was getting late.

Cheers
Steve.

PETERTHEEATER
10-09-2008, 09:41
Although not strictly 'buildings' there are three or four HE Bomb Stores in fair shape here:

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.38828 ... =0&src=msa (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.388281&lon=-0.849084&z=17.1&r=0&src=msa)

Peter H

Carnaby
10-09-2008, 11:08
There is also something of interest here (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=52.384266~-0.861536&style=h&lvl=18&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1). I suspect this may be one of the few remaining SBA Main Beacon plinths still extant.
Since they were outside the airfield. most have been ploughed up decades ago. It is the correct distance from the end of the main runway, and appears to have a building on it (almost certainly not original). Would welcome any feedback on this.

Carnaby

Ossington_2008
20-10-2008, 13:16
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/Harrington1Jul96.jpg

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/Harrington2Jul96.jpg

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/Harrington3Jul96.jpg

stevie
20-10-2008, 15:37
Another great set of pic here Ossington,
Great to see some aerial shots of this place. Myself and a mate were wondering across this place in torrential rain last month trying to find any surviving buildings etc all to no avail. Great shot of the Thors pads.

P Bellamy
30-03-2009, 20:32
PDF from the application showing proposed turbine and cabin locations in relation to the airfield and Thor pads:

http://212.125.73.214/swiftlg/MediaTemp/36408-50058.1_-_Masterplan.pdf

TTFN,
PB

tessa
15-04-2009, 09:37
There is also something of interest here (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=52.384266~-0.861536&style=h&lvl=18&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1). I suspect this may be one of the few remaining SBA Main Beacon plinths still extant.
Since they were outside the airfield. most have been ploughed up decades ago. It is the correct distance from the end of the main runway, and appears to have a building on it (almost certainly not original). Would welcome any feedback on this.

Carnaby

Could you please explain the significance of this SBA Main Beacon plinth ... and where I might find it/its distance from the end of the main runway ? I am a total neophyte here ...
With many thanks
Tessa

Carnaby
15-04-2009, 11:21
Could you please explain the significance of this SBA Main Beacon plinth ... Tessa
It was a foundation for the Standard Beam Approach Aerial system, and transmitter hut. There are links here #47 (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?t=737&page=5) and here #4 (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?t=1030) to the above Tessa.

The ideal location for the plinth is 250 yards off the end of the main runway. Since in most cases this was off the airfield and in the middle of a farmer's field they have been obliterated over the decades.
Like North Witham's, the Harrington installation was described as 'Complete, but untested' in December 1944.
The SBA equipment was removed and replaced with the USAAF SCS-51 Instrument Landing System by March 1945 (Source: Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual).

Wondering what is on this site adjacent to the road today?

Graham

Blackadder
12-07-2009, 15:18
August 2008
http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss276/anon240577/HarringtonAug0801-1.jpg

PNK
12-07-2009, 15:54
Nice pic. Shows the Thor sites a treat. They look odd, being in a straight line.

buccaneer66
14-07-2009, 22:22
In one of my trawls through the Google Earth community I found this http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1227946#Post1227946 several 3D models of a Thor pad at Harrington on the Google Earth map.

buccaneer66
27-09-2009, 20:01
I finally managed to go around the Carpetbagger museum today it's always been closed when I've visited before, what a great little museum & the nice chaps there running it are desperate for people to help out with the guided tours on Sundays if anyone can help them they'll be very glad, I have my membership form ready to fill in.

buccaneer66
04-10-2009, 17:42
Been for a walk round Harrington today.

The Op's block/carpetbagger museum from the peri track.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/Buccaneer66/Airfields/RAF%20Harrington/CRL-Harrington-1009-056.jpg

Flying at Harrington
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/Buccaneer66/Airfields/RAF%20Harrington/CRL-Harrington-1009-054.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/Buccaneer66/Airfields/RAF%20Harrington/CRL-Harrington-1009-047.jpg

2 local lads told me I'd missed one that had already taken off.

Sorry about dodgy quality of the second picture it was a bit windy.

Richard Flagg
04-10-2009, 18:52
Flying at Harrington???? Where is the strip????

buccaneer66
04-10-2009, 19:40
Richard

That small aircraft is positioned about 200yards from the north end of the former main runway approximately here http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.401379&lon=-0.864152&z=16.4&r=0&src=msl I was amazed when I saw it as I walked up the peri track, I think that one had failed as they packed it away again in it's trailer but it's companion over flew several times.

Richard Flagg
05-10-2009, 10:40
Interesting, thanks for that.

Was there a winch on site or were they being aero-towed into the air??

buccaneer66
05-10-2009, 12:30
Unfortunately I had missed the take off and this one was being packed away, but there was no winch on site just a landrover although a light aircraft kept flying back & forth low over the airfield so it could have been the tow plane.

TommyUSA
13-11-2009, 18:18
I've been busy as a beaver creating Google Earth overlays.

Here's one for Harrington... enjoy!

Tommy

buccaneer66
13-11-2009, 19:28
Nice one Tommy.

Dave Smith
14-11-2009, 14:41
Great work Tommy! Amazing how much countryside it covered with all the dispersed sites. If you move NW a few miles, you will find Clipston. There was a Home Defence landing ground of this name in 1917/18 and it might just be part of what became Harrington. As with WW2 airfields, they were not always called after the nearest village to save confusion with similarly named airfields. Apart from the Carpetbaggers, the area is steeped in history because the Battle of Naseby took place in 1645 quite close to the airfield. Defeat here more or less finished the Royalist cause.

TommyUSA
21-01-2010, 19:05
Was this photo of a Carpetbagger B-24 taken at Harrington? Which building is in the background?

http://i704.photobucket.com/albums/ww50/japercaper/carpetbag.jpg


Tommy

P Bellamy
21-01-2010, 19:31
Yes, that's Harrington.

The B-24 is just lifting off the eastern end of Runway 12-30, with Foxhall Cottages in the background.
The bomb dumps are behind the photographer.

All the best,
PB

airfields man
21-01-2010, 19:59
Hi Tommy, If you look at the Harrington memorial you will see that that image has been included.

Richard Flagg
21-01-2010, 20:32
Hi Tommy, If you look at the Harrington memorial you will see that that image has been included.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/Harrington/DSC_0500-1.jpg

buccaneer66
28-01-2010, 19:58
I heard on BBC radio Northampton this evening that the local planning committee has recommended refusal of planning permission for the wind turbines at Harrington.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/northamptonshire/8484874.stm

TommyUSA
24-02-2010, 20:07
Here are some fabulous websites dealing with the 801st and 492nd Bombardment Groups that operated out of Harrington.

Loads of documents:
http://cid-a861c84a86ba0c18.skydrive.live.com/home.aspx

Loads of photographs:
https://www.photoshop.com/user/tlensminger

Mr. Ensminger's personal website which some have undoubtedly have visited before:
http://home.comcast.net/~801492bg.historian/MainMenu.htm

Tommy

PNK
24-02-2010, 22:10
Thanks Tommy. Some great stuff in those links.

magmo
03-04-2010, 09:04
This weekend 3/4th April I will be at Harrington operating for Airfields on the Air weekend more details here http://gb2ham.kdars.co.uk/

I will post some pictures here as we will be operating from all ove rthe aifield if we can portable.

mo

buccaneer66
03-04-2010, 14:24
I may just come over and see you.

magmo
04-04-2010, 18:38
I have a few pictures I took in 2007 I will get some updated ones next time I am on the field.

They are here. http://www.urbex.puffinpost.com/harrington.php

mo

WiganMick59
25-06-2010, 17:25
Some pictures of Harrington's bomb stores taken yesterday. Thanks to Alan, REF,NJR and Stevie.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Harrington/HarringtonSywellPodingtonTwinwoo-13.jpg

The track runs down from behind the memorial.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Harrington/HarringtonSywellPodingtonTwinwood00.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Harrington/HarringtonSywellPodingtonTwinwoo-10.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Harrington/HarringtonSywellPodingtonTwinwoo-11.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Harrington/HarringtonSywellPodingtonTwinwoo-11.jpg

Back over the road on the way to the Thor pads....a little piece of someones history....It appears to be American by the reversal of the day/month. Contractor or Engineer?

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Harrington/HarringtonSywellPodingtonTwinwood02.jpg

thanks for looking,

Mick

buccaneer66
25-06-2010, 19:20
I've been meaning to look at that bomb store for ages Mick nice pictures.
I'll probably be at Harrington tomorrow afternoon as the carpetterbagger museum have asked me to help out with their tours.

WiganMick59
25-06-2010, 21:17
Thanks Chris. Great little museum at Harrington :)

Richard Flagg
05-07-2010, 13:24
A few from me taken on 24 June

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/Harrington/20100624Harrington26-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/Harrington/20100624Harrington33-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/Harrington/20100624Harrington32-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/Harrington/20100624Harrington39-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/Harrington/20100624Harrington1-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORTHAMPTONSHIRE/Harrington/20100624Harrington24-1.jpg

P Bellamy
25-09-2010, 15:05
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-11388236


22/9/10
Harrington wind farm decision appeal fails
The government has upheld a Northamptonshire council's decision to refuse a wind farm planning permission.

Energy firm Nuon wanted to build seven 126m (413ft) towers at the former nuclear missile site in Harrington.

Daventry district councillors rejected the proposal in January because English Heritage had pointed to the site's significance during the Cold War.
Nuon appealed against the decision but a planning inspector said the turbines would "impact harmfully" on the site.

The seven turbines would have been taller than the Big Ben clock tower in London and would have generated enough electricity for 7,700 homes.The Harrington proposal was one of three put forward by Nuon Renewables for the area.PB

Don_of_Croy
07-10-2010, 12:38
Just found this forum - great stuff chaps!

Used to drive past Harrington (office in Kettering - staying at Stags Head, Maidwell) most nights and stopped at the memorial several times in 1993-1994. Often thought of re-visiting and the museum looks good, but no way will Mrs Don consent to visiting that!

Thor missile site - WOW. Such a peaceful location, too (WW2 and Civil War not withstanding).

Glad to find peeps with similar interest, and equipped with cameras, too. Keep up the good work!

P Bellamy
09-12-2010, 01:13
I made a brief visit to Harrington today to collect any Thor pad stud numbers I could find.

North pad: buried and frozen solid.
Central pad: I7/P2
Southern pad: ??/P1 (someone's clouted the first part with a hammer)

While I was there I tried to find any traces of the Thor site perimeter fence where it crossed the peritrack.

Outer fence (double row of 8" square concrete posts, 4' between rows)

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Tharr4.jpg

Oddly, there are post holes for another fence, 30-odd feet outside the usual outer fence:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Tharr3.jpg

Where the regular outer fence returned across the peritrack was a nice clear post base to measure, the others seem to be hidden under a stack of bales:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Tharr5.jpg

I forgot to take a picture of where the main inner fence and electrical duct crossed the concrete, but Richard's photo below shows them nicely. These are at the western end of the E-W runway, beside the Pyro Store and Classified Storage Building, and are plainly visible in GE:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Tharr7RF.jpg

Nearby is the base of one of the 13' Theodolite Target Pillars:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Tharr1.jpg

And finally, a length of surviving outer fence posts still in position:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Tharr6.jpg

All the best,
PB

Sparky67
09-12-2010, 17:01
Great photos guys...


There is also something of interest here (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=52.384266~-0.861536&style=h&lvl=18&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1). I suspect this may be one of the few remaining SBA Main Beacon plinths still extant.
Since they were outside the airfield. most have been ploughed up decades ago. It is the correct distance from the end of the main runway, and appears to have a building on it (almost certainly not original). Would welcome any feedback on this.

Carnaby

This area can be seen here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Harrington,+Northampton,+Northamptonshire,+Unite d+Kingdom&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.000575,39.418945&ie=UTF8&oi=georefine&cd=2&geocode=FXXKHwMdSt7y_w&split=0&hq=&hnear=Harrington,+Northampton,+United+Kingdom&ll=52.384382,-0.86144&spn=0,0.009624&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=52.384328,-0.86147&panoid=PLUeOBw47JHQkrMGjgUoVw&cbp=12,67.98,,0,7.91) Carnaby. You can move up and down the road a bit to get diferent views. Does this support the thinking about an SBA facility ?

Carnaby
09-12-2010, 23:29
Does this support the thinking about an SBA facility ?
From the GE view - not in the slightest, unfortunately.
However I've just had a look at Airfields of the Eighth - Then and Now, page 121. This is definitely the beacon site. The original area of concrete would be very small; more concrete has been added to the area.

The best example found to date (without the access path) is here (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?4603-Snitterfield), post #7

Graham

P Bellamy
10-12-2010, 02:22
The southern SBA Plinth access roadway is visible in the "1945" GE view, about the only bit of the airfield that is.

PB

Carnaby
10-12-2010, 12:16
The southern SBA Plinth access roadway is visible in the "1945" GE view, about the only bit of the airfield that is.
Yes - strange - wonder why that is. I always guessed the '1945' views which don't reveal airfields were pre-1945, however this suggests that the airfields have been deliberately removed.

Graham

PETERTHEEATER
11-12-2010, 05:02
I think that we discussed this in the GE thread. It is evident that many of the aerial images representing '1945' were sanitised by the wartime censor by removal of sensitive features whereas others (on GE) show all. A mix of images spread over a few years including early post-war I suspect.

PNK
11-12-2010, 11:04
The span of dates seems to be 1942 to 1954 on GE. I'm pretty sure this was quoted on a press release from Cities Revealed when this coverage first appeared using an interface called "Shockymap" a few years back. The sanitised ones are purely the Ordnance Survey released ones, published in lieu of revised maps until the early 1950s. The ones that show airfields are RAF/USAAF/USAF sourced.

stevie
22-02-2011, 18:11
I've been planning on making another visit up to Harrington for a while as i want to have a look for any remains of the dispersed sites. I've just been checking Google maps and found this mammoth collection of what look like hut bases to me. Anybody confirm that there airfield related?? (i'm pursuming they are. I haven't got a site plan for Harrington yet!!) -

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?client=firefox-a&channel=s&hl=en&q=harrington&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Harrington,+Northampton,+United+Kingdom&ll=52.409763,-0.879588&spn=0.001414,0.005284&t=h&z=18

Steve

Hawkeye001
22-02-2011, 18:20
Stevie i would suspect that it was a dispersed site mate.

It certainly looks that way to me.

Dale
22-02-2011, 18:25
Steve,

Yep dispersed domestic site 3 or 4 can't remember which now but I'm sure it's 3 off the Harrington-Kelmarsh road not sure about access though I suspect PB will be on in a mo. to confirm it all. Hope that helps.

D.

P Bellamy
22-02-2011, 18:38
Yup, Dispersed Site No.3, living quarters.

stevie
22-02-2011, 19:23
Cheers chaps. Thought as much.
It looks like one of those sites where the buildings have been built in slightly random positions. Perhaps to make it look less like it's airfield/military related from the air.

Thanks,
Steve
:-)

Carnaby
22-02-2011, 19:58
It looks like one of those sites where the buildings have been built in slightly random positions. Perhaps to make it look less like it's airfield/military related from the air.
The expression I once read was, 'Man is regular, nature is irregular'. Though this site looks a bit too regular for my liking.

buccaneer66
22-02-2011, 20:01
Steve

The communal & Mess sites are the other side of the road you can see the roads & huts bases for the communal site in google earth.

Chris

stevie
22-02-2011, 20:17
Cheers Chris. I've been searching all around the area on Google Earth. Suprisingly quite a lot of hut bases around. Not many buildings though by the look of it. May pop over after Desborough on Sunday if i've got time.

Cheers
Steve

Dale
24-02-2011, 17:41
Steve.
I was out along the Kelmarsh road today and was puzzled by not being able to spot the building bases as easily as usual from the road. Closer inspection however reveals signs of destruction and building rubble the possibility is this site could be 'a dead man walking'. Also there has been a large tidy up operation carried out on part of the old communal site one or two brick structures that were obscured by undergrowth and rubbish are now in view. However warning notices are much in evidence.
Hope thats useful to you.

stevie
08-04-2011, 22:51
It was nice to find these two pyro stores at Harrington during a recent visit. I think these have been missed by a lot of fellow 'Harrington explorers' by the looks of it -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/011-1.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/010-1.jpg


I caught a glimpse of some Nissan type buildings just outside Harrington village on some farm land. Didn't have time for a proper look. Anybody any idea if they are airfield related? There not to far from the other dispersed sites on the other side of the village.Check out the link below -
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=harrington&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Harrington,+Northampton,+United+Kingdom&ll=52.413007,-0.858178&spn=0.000679,0.002586&t=h&z=19

Cheers
Steve

buccaneer66
08-04-2011, 23:59
We found whats left of the bulk fuel store as well but it wasn't worth taking pictures.

Richard Flagg
09-04-2011, 00:01
It does go to show that there is often still the odd remnant / building left at alot of airfields even when it appears there is nothing left. Odd that the two pyro stores remain, I wonder why they were never demolished..

buccaneer66
09-04-2011, 07:27
In a few weeks you won't be able to see the pyro stores through the undergrowth.

P Bellamy
04-05-2011, 01:19
Lots of new Thor-specific photos from Harrington added to the Thor Site Components thread HERE (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?5434-Thor-Site-components&p=73995&viewfull=1#post73995).

All the best,
PB

Hal_Chase
24-06-2011, 13:47
I don't know anything about Harrington but I heard about this on Radio Northampton this morning and thought it might be of interest.

The guy that painted it was in the Carpetbaggers.


'Spirit of Aerial Combat' is on display at Clipston Primary School

A large mural which was given to a Northamptonshire school by an American air gunner, is on display.

The painting called 'Spirit of Aerial Combat,' was given to Clipston Primary School after WW2, when airman Peter C. Sanders, returned to the USA.

It was a token to thank the town for their hospitality to the airmen, yet not many people know it exists.

Now the BBC in partnership with The Public Catalogue Foundation is launching the Your Paintings website.

Your Paintings will bring together all these artworks, with the stories behind them, and where to see them for real.

Whether you're a student, history buff, art lover or just interested in discovering the UK's hidden treasures, for the first time you will finally see the incredible art that is owned by the Nation.

Headmistress of the school, Emma Mercer, has found many children use the artwork as a great "resource" for the school.

"It's a great tool to have at the school and holds much history, we are very lucky to have it and want more people to know about it."

The mural displays an angel which represents the 'Spirit of Aerial Combat.'

On the bottom left of the mural you'll see recruits approaching books which signifies them going through training.

On the bottom right of the mural you'll see graduates are shown leaving dressed in flight gear, for missions.

"Some people weren't too happy about the mural as they believed it was a bit too violent to display in a school.

"We disagree and have no plans on moving it at all, and believe it's a great piece of art and history," said Ms Mercer

The painter, Mr Sanders, died in 1996, but he left an audio recording of why he painted the image and what it was like to live in Clipston during WW2.

"It's a great look into the history of Clipston and we are really proud of the mural."


Taken from BBC News - Northamptonshire in case the mods remove the link....there's a neat picture there too.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-13874707

Paul Francis
24-06-2011, 18:33
Wonderful piece of art thanks for posting

buccaneer66
24-06-2011, 22:30
That is a superb piece of art how did I miss this news item.

Shadow1
30-09-2011, 22:32
Some aerial photographs of the Harrington site taken today - 30th September 2011

6222 6223 6224 6225

YellowPinkie
30-09-2011, 22:45
Shadow1, the oblique really shows the layout of the pads well, thanks.

Dale, I reckon I can see you on picture 3...

Dale
02-10-2011, 21:17
Well I was definately there cos I recognise the tractor pattern well but my PC programme don't allow me to see myself, where do you reckon I am?

buccaneer66
02-10-2011, 22:27
I was at the museum yesterday & came away with a job to do for them.

YellowPinkie
02-10-2011, 23:57
Well I was definately there cos I recognise the tractor pattern well but my PC programme don't allow me to see myself, where do you reckon I am?

Ha ha, no idea, I just knew you were there around the time of the photo.


I was at the museum yesterday & came away with a job to do for them.

Interesting, bucc, what sort of job...?

Dale
03-10-2011, 18:56
Bucc, I get a very uneasy feeling when you mention the Museum on a Thor-ish thread, too many important things are happening Thor wise for the Museum to get involved, mind at ease time please.

buccaneer66
03-10-2011, 20:12
Nothing to do with Thor Dale they liked the 1944 aerial photo that I've got for Desborough & asked if I could find them something similar for Harrington & I don't mind a trip to the NMR.

YellowPinkie
03-10-2011, 20:32
Nothing to do with Thor Dale they liked the 1944 aerial photo that I've got for Desborough & asked if I could find them something similar for Harrington & I don't mind a trip to the NMR.

Now, if I ran a museum on that site, a trip to the NMR would have been one of the first things I'd do...still, it gives you a good excuse to indulge in a bit of research!

buccaneer66
03-10-2011, 20:38
Even better when they offer to pay expenses.

YellowPinkie
03-10-2011, 21:05
Yay! Win all round! Let me know if they have some good pics. I was looking for good Thor Era photos, but the NMR only seemed to have photos prior to 1955 and post 1970 ish for that area. Strange, I'm convinced that there is a lot of Thor stuff still classified as there are holes everywhere in the archive, some explainable, some just odd.

buccaneer66
29-10-2011, 22:57
Been talking a lot with Ron the chairman of the carpetbagger museum & he was one of the orignal contractors who built Harrington, he remembers the flypast of Desborough Wellingtons on the day of hand over.as he did the wiring

Carnaby he is one you need to talk to as he did the wiring for ther ;lighting.

buccaneer66
30-10-2011, 20:40
If you search the British Movietone website there is a newsreel showing the anti missile protesters at Harrington.

YellowPinkie
30-10-2011, 21:00
If you search the British Movietone website there is a newsreel showing the anti missile protesters at Harrington.

Yes there's a link to it somewhere on here, bloody hippies.

Amazing how the general public had no idea what was going on, but the CND were all over it.

buccaneer66
30-10-2011, 21:15
I thought I'd seen it somewhere but couldn't find the link.
I was actually searching for thr Harrington opening ceremony apparently its on a newsreel.

Carnaby
30-10-2011, 21:17
Is this it?
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=74266

Another featuring Brize Norton and Wethersfield
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=42879

buccaneer66
30-10-2011, 21:26
There's a movietone one as well Graham

http://www.movietone.com/N_POPUP_Player.cfm?action=playVideo&assetno=108462 (http://www.movietone.com/N_POPUP_Player.cfm?action=playVideo&assetno=108462)

YellowPinkie
29-05-2012, 00:07
Took a trip round Harrington a few weeks ago with the usual suspects plus a certain Mr Boyes.

In the CSB we found the following stencilling:
http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn77/stevecooke001/IMG_20120513_132304.jpg

I've photoshopped it to the max and all I still get is ...MAN POL... this left me stumped until I found the image in the Hemswell thread (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?760-Hemswell&p=103023&viewfull=1#post103023) (you'll know which pic).

Whilst the words are slightly different, I reckon the Harrington example must have read 'TWO MAN POLICY'.

Whaddya think?

PETERTHEEATER
29-05-2012, 03:23
I should say so. The sign indicates that a person cannot be present alone but must be accompanied by at least one other person for safety reasons (and since it is military, for others reasons)

C.Mk.1
29-05-2012, 11:31
"TOO MANY POLICE"!!!!

The two man policy was questionable for the one man crewed British nuclear armed Jaguar later in the time line, but that's a different matter!!!!

Sparky67
10-09-2012, 01:15
Here are a few more photos of Harrington taken 8 Sep 12... Since the Thor pads are off the public access we asked a farm hand for permission to walk over, which he happily agreed.


Remains of east/west runway, looking east. Two of the Thor pads are visible either side in the distance.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8448/7966725122_0de65b4495_b.jpg



A pile of concrete posts at one of the Thor missile pads. Close by were a number of looped barbed wire supports.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8303/7966740574_6c2f2e1674_b.jpg


Concrete drainage ducts and reservoirs.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7966712046_80521f3ab0_b.jpg


Bolts and centreing marks for the missile base.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/7966708328_da0f456a12_b.jpg


Closer view of the marks.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8181/7966710290_b19bed394a_b.jpg


And a cover found in the grass...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/7966717444_0e13c5b105_b.jpg

Sparky67
10-09-2012, 01:27
Buildings some distance from the pads, hidden behind a berm... Would be interested to know what these were for.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8318/7966847298_558413e903_b.jpg


View of same building from top of berm.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8033/7966824106_f9f7d72346_b.jpg


It appears to have had a roller-shutter door at the front and very small high level windows.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8312/7966840598_06ed01d517_b.jpg


Another building in an adjacent berm. What was this one for ?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8450/7966801744_909309e9ac_b.jpg


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8444/7967007542_fa6f837383_b.jpg


Remains of the long-range theodolite building.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8305/7966745582_fc37bb94b9_b.jpg


Concrete plinth inside the long-range theodolite building. There was a large window or opening behind this, facing the pad.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8180/7967251132_10f9b77afc_b.jpg

Sparky67
10-09-2012, 01:37
And no trip to Harrington would be complete without a photo looking across the base where the missile would have been be erected and prepared for launch into the area where its storage building once stood.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8171/7967050802_12a935f0ef_b.jpg


Outstanding sunset, or what might have been...?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8042/7967186976_1f00d1988d_b.jpg


With thanks to Jason and Ian for their company.

YellowPinkie
10-09-2012, 09:13
Buildings some distance from the pads, hidden behind a berm... Would be interested to know what these were for.



From the top...

Classified Storage Building - three 1.44 MT warheads were stored here when not mated to the missile. The original plan was to have them mated only at times of heightened alert, but it was found (obviously) that a quicker response time was possible if the warhead was in place.

Second picture (of the CSB) is taken from the lookout position. You may have noticed some orange brickwork underfoot. This was most likely a little greenhouse type affair which must have been very hot in the summer. An American guard would have been here.

Third Picture - these 'high level windows' are air vents to prevent too much heat building up, these may have had fans or powered louvres fitted (you can see the conduit in place still).

The next two pics are of the Pyrotechnics Store - this is where the squibs were kept that were used to light the rocket and retro rockets. Yes, not much more sophisticated than lighting the blue touch paper!

LRT building, you kinda have this sorted.

If you do a search on here for 'Thor' you'll find most of your questions answered (and plenty of answers to questions you didn't have...).

I love Harrington, it's a great site.

Sparky67
10-09-2012, 10:27
Thanks for filling in the gaps YP. I have a copy of Project Emily, but lent it to one of the guys I visited with before writing the post, as you do...! Do any photos or drawings of the Long Range Theodolite exist, do you know ?

Can't help but think one of these sites should be preserved, even listed. For generations to come it will be as much a part of our national heritage as a castle or fort.

Another site to revisit in the winter when the undergrowth had died down...

stevie
10-09-2012, 11:19
Great set of pics. Funnily enough i was back up here for about my 100th visit last Thursday :-D. They really are the best Thor's i've seen. The ones at North Luffenham come a close second i think.

jason
10-09-2012, 19:32
With Steve as my guide i too recently visited Harrington, and what abrilliant site it is too. The airfield has almost gone but i'm so glad that the Thor site has remained so that we can see what was an important area of recent history. Though a winter visit is best.

C.Mk.1
12-09-2012, 11:26
pleased you enjoyed the visit to Harrington Jason next time you are up bring a spade, brush or sekaters and help us fight the undergrowth before the site disappears!!!!!!! If you look closely you can see it's a losing battle :(

jason
22-09-2012, 21:31
It was certainly noticed C.Mk1 how much the site is overgrown. A damn good session with a strimmer would not go amiss.

buccaneer66
22-09-2012, 21:57
Darn it Jason you visited local & didn't say you was here.

YellowPinkie
22-09-2012, 22:02
Thanks for filling in the gaps YP. I have a copy of Project Emily, but lent it to one of the guys I visited with before writing the post, as you do...! Do any photos or drawings of the Long Range Theodolite exist, do you know ?

Can't help but think one of these sites should be preserved, even listed. For generations to come it will be as much a part of our national heritage as a castle or fort.

Another site to revisit in the winter when the undergrowth had died down...

Harrington is listed Grade 2 as of last year, though big chunks of the site were omitted from the listing (hopefully to be corrected very soon). North Luffenham is listed Grade 2* which is a reflection of the reviewer's opinion that it is in better condition - I would contest that, but then I know Harrington very well and have only been to NL once.

There is a selection of info on the LRT on this forum. Paul Bellamy has written a bit of a precis as how the targetting system was set, which is also on here. Just use the search tool and you'll have hours of reading!

Melton Mowbray had an intact LRT building until a couple of years ago, that was we think, the last one standing. I have some photos of it, but they are John Boyes' so I won't post them up unless he gives me the green light.

C.Mk.1
02-10-2012, 11:10
Just spent some time revisiting this thread and was interested to see how the Thor pad LE49 has altered since j4cko posted his pics in 2008. The greenery, ie smallish trees has all been removed, that I know for a fact but there has been a lot of debris deposited in the pits and channels since 2008, scrap metal, fencing wire, wood, tyres etc. Now my understanding of EH grade 2 listing is that the site should not be allowed to deteriorate any further but evidently person or persons unknown with vehicle access is not following the rules. I have my suspisions and it is something we locals need to keep a check on...........over to you for comment YP.

YellowPinkie
02-10-2012, 11:45
Right, I agree, though it is difficult to enforce these obligations.

There is a meeting with English Heritage and some other interested parties in the next couple of weeks (keeping it low key at the moment as NOTHING constructive is happening at the moment despite the best efforts from a number of directions), and that is one thing I will be raising. I have offered free, gratis and for nothing a volunteer force (some of you forumites have offered your services; thank you) to the landowner to carry out a tidy up at minimum, and a catalogue of the site and improvement at best but they continue to respond with a wall of silence.

It is in hand, and hopefully EH can tell us what it is possible to force the landowner to do.

Harrington is THE best remaining Thor site, better than NL, as I don't think EH fully appreciated the site when they made their listing; hopefully being corrected by the Secretary of State as I type...

50 years ago next month, this site was ready to do what it was built for - destroy the world as we know it. We should not allow a land owner as prestigious as this one to let this essential slice of world history slip away.

Watch this space, I may be making a call to arms for volunteers to assist in getting it cleaned up.

Flying Tiger
02-10-2012, 16:06
YP! I wish you luck in your quest, and hope that EH, can do something to rectify the current condition of the site.
Put me down on your list of volunteers as and when you need help?

YellowPinkie
02-10-2012, 17:32
YP! I wish you luck in your quest, and hope that EH, can do something to rectify the current condition of the site.
Put me down on your list of volunteers as and when you need help?

Will do FT, thanks!

I'm not sure what weapons EH or the local authority have in their arsenal to make a landowner step up to their responsibilities and obligations; anyone here know?

This has been going on for over 18 months now, I'll be sure to post something up when I have some firm news.

C.Mk.1
02-10-2012, 18:42
Slightly off track but as I know NL maybe a little better than YP I would think the only reason it is 2* is due to the fact it is publicly owned(MOD) and that the LOX pits are empty and there for all to see apart from that everything else is filled in.
Therefore I will agree with YP that Harrington is by far the better site and if we could somehow get the rubble in the LOX and RP1 pits recycled it would be top notch, and funny old thing I passed a hardcore recycling plant on the Cambridge busway last week!!!!

superplum
06-10-2012, 15:31
Did anyone else see this this morning? Was watching BBC News around 8.30 am and heard something about the subject of the "country's" art treasures. Mention (very short) was made of a US serviceman's mural from RAF Harrington. The mural had been retrieved at some stage and, owing to its size, was permanently loaned to a local school where it was displayed. I saw a brief glimpse of it where it appeared to be alongside a staircase. Anyone know anything?

P Bellamy
06-10-2012, 15:37
It's hanging in the main stairway at Clipston Primary School:

http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/clipston99/war-years-2.html

A previous mention of it by the BBC was noted back in post 67:

http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?1099-Harrington&p=77626&viewfull=1#post77626

All the best,
PB

Bigbear
08-10-2012, 17:54
Sorry if this question has been asked before, but does anyone know why the 1945 GE image of Harrington doesn't show the airfield? I assume it is actually much earlier imagery.

YellowPinkie
08-10-2012, 21:46
Sorry if this question has been asked before, but does anyone know why the 1945 GE image of Harrington doesn't show the airfield? I assume it is actually much earlier imagery.

Well, much of GE's 1945 imagery is actually 1945(ish) and a number of airfields would also have been omitted from a censorship perspective - i.e. anyone in 1945 wanting an aerial photo would get a cleansed one (after explaining what possible reason they might have for wanting one, I shouldn't wonder...). There are a couple of airfields in 1945 GE that have half the runway in place and the other end shown as fields...

Bigbear
08-10-2012, 22:49
Well, much of GE's 1945 imagery is actually 1945(ish) and a number of airfields would also have been omitted from a censorship perspective - i.e. anyone in 1945 wanting an aerial photo would get a cleansed one (after explaining what possible reason they might have for wanting one, I shouldn't wonder...). There are a couple of airfields in 1945 GE that have half the runway in place and the other end shown as fields...

That would make sense especially considering the history of the place, plus any 1940's paranoia...

Hal_Chase
16-10-2012, 09:25
From the BBC - Full Story here >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19957466

Two Cold War nuclear missile sites are to get listed status to mark the Cuban Missile crisis's 50th anniversary.

The former RAF sites - in Harrington, Northamptonshire, and North Luffenham, Rutland, are the most intact examples of Thor missile bases in England.

They were put on alert as the Soviet Union and the US came to the brink of nuclear war in October 1962.

The USSR eventually agreed to remove its missiles from Cuba and the US pledged not to invade the island.

The Thor missile site at the former RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, has been given a Grade II* listing. :)

YellowPinkie
16-10-2012, 10:51
Some video here too:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19958588

Also on the TV Alert thread.

You'll see lots of stuff over the next few weeks, on TV and radio as the Beeb have been very active at Harrington, but I imagine it'll be the usual all day filming for a 30 second spot!

C.Mk.1
16-10-2012, 12:35
That's the trouble with working nightshift you miss all the latest tv news!!!!!! I justed noticed the listing on BBC teletext, visit the forum and you boys are all over it!!!!! Good old me behind the drag curve as usual :) Now lets get ready for theinvasion of curious visitors to ours nice secluded heavens.

RandomTim
27-03-2013, 22:50
Hey, new to the froum but visited Harringworth as its not too far from me about 18 months ago. Thought i'd drop a pic of the blast walls from across the field into the thread. You can just make out the piles of stuff on the concrete pads where the farmer is using it for hard standing

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5nSg-cLoBR8/UVNojJCUzwI/AAAAAAAABkQ/AFuuKhVA0XQ/s640/DSC_0426.JPG

Regards, Tim

buccaneer66
27-03-2013, 22:54
Did you visit the Museum & the Memorial Tim?

RandomTim
27-03-2013, 23:07
I visited the 'Carpet Bagger' Memorial yes. I drove down to the museum only to discover i had no cash in my wallet so didnt go in so i left to go and take some pictures at Saddington Resivoir as it was very low during November 2011 and you could access the island in the middle by foot. I will find half a day to go back to Harringworth though and visit the museum

C.Mk.1
28-03-2013, 02:11
If you go to Harringworth Tim you are more likely to be visiting Spanhoe!!!!!!

YellowPinkie
28-03-2013, 02:29
If you go to Harringworth Tim you are more likely to be visiting Spanhoe!!!!!!

Nice viaduct at Harringworth...

RandomTim
29-03-2013, 10:06
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA, Always gettong these 2 mixed up. Harringworth, big viaduct and 2 scrapyards! Harrington, missiles! Think I've got it sussed. Thanks for pointing out the error of my ways

buccaneer66
29-03-2013, 10:14
The Scrap yard is Seaton Railway station the iron foot bridge & level crossing gates over the non existant tracks should tell you where you are :lol: :lol:

RandomTim
29-03-2013, 18:29
That scrap yard is the old station, the other 1 seems to be in an old siding on the other side of the village

buccaneer66
29-03-2013, 18:57
Have you been to the memorial at Harrington yet Tim?

RandomTim
30-03-2013, 10:49
I may take a trip over there this weekend when i can clear some people out of my flat :)

stevie
30-03-2013, 10:57
Funnily enough, I was planning on nipping back up there later today...although typically it's just started snowing AGAIN as I type this :roll:

alhenderson
17-04-2014, 21:20
Resurrecting an old thread here, but was wondering if anyone has any advice for visiting the Thor pads at Harrington? It's fairly local to me and I've driven past once but never actually got out for a look. I gather from some of the comments above that the pads aren't on public land. Is there someone you should ask in advance?

I'm fascinated by this period in the cold war and would love to visit..

Thanks for any tips,
Al

buccaneer66
17-04-2014, 22:02
Welcome Al

Our resident Thor fans should be along soon to advise you.

YellowPinkie
20-04-2014, 10:10
PM sent, but obviously as it's private land we couldn't condone anyone visiting the site without landowner or tenant permission.

Doesn't seem to stop the dog walkers though...

C.Mk.1
21-04-2014, 23:36
Or the bird watchers, twitters or whatever you call them, spotted a couple of really well armed ones up there last Wednesday :o:o

YellowPinkie
22-04-2014, 00:03
The birds were well armed?

C.Mk.1
22-04-2014, 00:45
Concentrate, bird watchers is the clue :roll: