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19-02-2009, 10:14
The site of the former Escrick (aka Cottingwith) No 5 (FFD) Forward Filling Depot for chemical bombs located near Escrick, W Yorks is well known but I am trying to locate the nominal centre of the RAF Escrick Field Depot which was under the management of 80 MU. The depot consisted on bomb and ammo dumps spread across an area which, to the north had component stores in 'Sheepwalk Plantation' and a 'Bridgers Lodge'. To the NW was a 'Park Farm' to the west a 'Slade House' to the southwest a 'Seals Farm' to the southeast a 'Charity (?) Farm'

I have pored across old maps but can't find any of these features so I reckon I am looking in the wrong area.

Over to you for any hints on the location.

19-02-2009, 14:18
Sorry, I don't know how to do those linky things, but if you look on GE, south of Escrick but north of Riccall and stay east of the A19, it is that irregular patch of woodland & the fields around it. New maps show part of it as Hart Nooking holiday park!
Rail head was west of Glade farm just east of the A19, but track now lifted. I have a site plan somewhere but my loft is a colossal mess ATM being re-insulated. I have never done a ground visit but would like to know what you and others come up with. good luck.

P Bellamy
19-02-2009, 17:34
Hollicarrs Wood, at the southern end of Escrick Park, seems to be the centre.
Sheepwalk Plantation and Bridge's Lodge to the north, Park Farm, Glade House (now Glade Cottages) and Bell's Farm (instead of Seals Farm) to the west, Charity Farm to the southeast.

Flash Earth link HERE (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.851401&lon=-1.03941&z=14.5&r=0&src=msl)

All the best,

19-02-2009, 17:54
Thanks PB! I wish I could do that!

19-02-2009, 23:53
Info from 'Escrick Field Depot Layout, March 1944' Site Plan

Most of the Admin Site was intact until relatively recently - MT sheds etc. I believe it's now a mini housing estate!

The dumps occupied the whole of Common Wood, Hollicarrs and Sheepwalks. Lots of Nissens and Hall huts

The Area HQ consisted of and airmen's rest hut made from aircraft packing cases.


20-02-2009, 04:53
Thanks for that posters; I knew you would come up with the answer.

I was looking in the wrong place because the location plan I have doesn't indicate that the main area was wooded although that dawned on me last night!

11-08-2009, 23:19
Have a look at the aerial photo above. Then have a look at THIS (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=53.849628,-1.043358&spn=0.008785,0.026522&t=k&z=16)

What a mess - at first I thought the vegetation had been removed and we were looking at the WWII bomb hardstandings.

THIS (http://www.totaltravel.co.uk/travel/north-england/vale-of-york/york/accommodation/caravan/the-hollicarrs-1/details/)is what it's all about. BING (http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=53.850343~-1.038702&style=h&lvl=16&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1) thankfully hasn't been updated yet.

I'm going to propose that ALL WWII ammunition stores should be restored to their former glory - and that includes filling in the Fauld crater :lol:


12-08-2009, 10:45
Grief! My first thought was that the bases didn't match the record site plan!

Ticky tacky box development.

12-08-2009, 13:59
Ticky tacky box development.

Huge tracts of land seem to be being swallowed up in housing development of various types. Time to emigrate to Thailand?

Many years ago on a visit to the 93MU Norton Disney site there was a planning application fastened to a nearby telegraph pole. Someone wanted to turn Eagle Hall Woods (the FFD3 mustard gas site) into a children's adventure / play site. Wish I'd photographed it - I almost couldn't believe it at the time. Out of all the countryside sites in Lincolnshire, why pick a former chemical weapon store. Fortunately the development didn't happen. Can't think why!

On the other hand a TNA record re Lords Bridge reported that post war the Marsh Close (filled mustard bombs) sub-site was in a very contaminated state. The site was then inspected and the subsequent report began with the phrase, 'This site appears to have been used for chemical weapon storage'. Didn't they brief the inspectors beforehand?


13-08-2009, 06:58
Ha Ha! I would have been a real adventure for the kids. Find the mustard pots and don't forget your swimsuits!

Last time that I looked at the Marsh Close site in satellite view the area stood out from the other farmland as a deadland.