View Full Version : Snelsmore Common nr Newbury

06-01-2010, 03:21
Don't know much about this site apart from the fact it was used as a WWII ammunition dump. Apparently huts and a few bits and pieces remained up until the mid 60's before it was all burnt back.

It's now a nature reserve/public park but the concrete tracks still remain.

5126'7.13"N 120'20.96"W (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.435582&lon=-1.338643&z=16.3&r=3&src=msl)

06-01-2010, 08:18
Clearly an Army ammo storage depot. It had standard gauge rail links feeding into the depot from what I can see. I shall ask my Army expert if he has details.

06-01-2010, 12:56
See the sixth entry on this (http://www.lambournvalleyrailway.co.uk/pages/lvr-snippets/personal-recollections.htm). (I lived in Newbury...)

Something to do with the Army depot at Thatcham? (http://www.history.army.mil/reference/Normandy/TS/COE/COE13.htm) (fascinating article - see photos)


06-01-2010, 20:33
Thanks for the info. I had no idea if it was army or air force. I was just looking at some aerial photos I was given and it stuck out like a sore thumb. Did a google and that's all I got.

I've spotted a ton of other military installations but have no idea what they are :(

06-01-2010, 20:53
I've spotted a ton of other military installations but have no idea what they are :(

We're interested :-D. (or some of us are)


airfields man
06-01-2010, 22:03
I was in Newbury, Thatcham and nearby Greenham Common yesterday. Checked on the memorial to the tragic Glider accident at the old airbase living site there, four reefs were in place.

07-01-2010, 06:01

If you like that, then you'll love this!


07-01-2010, 22:40
Oddly enough the dump you linked to is missing/censored from the photos but, what I guess is the main depot/dump at Thatcham isn't. You can also still see what's left of the US/POW transit camp on Newbury race course.

08-06-2010, 17:00
It was built during WW2 to store petrol, in jerrycans in the run up to D Day.
Manned by primarily Black US Troops.
I can confirm no rail links to this one; sorry.

Peter Kirk
08-06-2010, 22:35
What would have been known as "tinned" storage. Another addition to the fuel depot list then.

09-06-2010, 23:55
They were 3900 Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company, listed as being present 30 June 1944

Previously located in Savernake forest as listed Dec 31, 1943 along with

Savernake 32 Chemical Decontamination Company
Savernake 354 Engineer General Service Regiment 2 Bn Co D
Savernake 389 Engineer General Service Regiment AdvanceDet
Savernake 589 Ordnance Ammunition Company

The Chemical Decontamination unit is interesting. Mustard gas was stored at Savernake by the crossroads south of Knowl Farm if memory serves me correctly.
Also the vehicles which were designed to spread mustard gas (an oily liquid) onto roads were kept here too.