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15-05-2010, 08:41
Found this statement in English Heritage, National Monuments. I have a suspicion as to what they really mean but what do you think!


15-05-2010, 09:53
Wartime exploits

Contemporaries of Chambers often wondered if such a tall building would remain standing, though it had been "built of very hard bricks". Its sturdy construction was proved in World War II when it survived a close call from a stick of German bombs exploding nearby. This was ironic, since at the time, holes had been made in each of its floors so that British bomb designers could drop models of their latest inventions from top to bottom to study their behaviour in flight.
That's from http://www.kew.org/heritage/places/pagoda.html

Fascinating - but worrying. Peter, you are coming up with some strange threads recently, e.g. 'Unidentified object in Cambridgeshire' etc. :-D


15-05-2010, 10:01
Grief! Shades of the South Bank Shot Tower; but at least you gave me an answer. I had visions of it being used as a Camera Obscura.

I promise you I am not out looking for oddballs but have been coming across them when looking for other things. Where else but AiX could you come up with such miscellany?

Peter Kirk
15-05-2010, 14:59
Saw the thread heading and felt compelled to read it :)

16-05-2010, 04:43
Do you think I could make a career as a political caption writer?:)