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Peter Kirk
04-07-2010, 21:42
The attached map extract comes from a 9th AF file from AFHRA (Air Force Historical Research Agency). It shows a range named Kenton but I have never heard of this range nor is there a place called Kenton nearby.


Apologies for the quality. My thoughts were that it was named after a sandbank but a search of Admiralty charts revealed little. Next thought was that it was lost to the sea but old maps showed no Kenton. It is possible that it is mispelt or I have misread it. It is also possible that it was marked but never operated.
A bit of a mystery otherwise.

Of interest (or not) is the two spellings of Happisburgh/Haisborough. The more obvious spelling being out to sea.

P Bellamy
04-07-2010, 21:57
No idea whether it's relevant, but the Kenton marker is located just outside Trimmingham.

Peter Kirk
04-07-2010, 22:04
You may have solved it as Trimmingham is the approximate location, judging by the old railway line. Do you have a location for the marker?

P Bellamy
04-07-2010, 22:09
Sorry, I meant the marker on your map is at Trimmingham.
I've just had a scan around the area in the 40's air photos without success.

All the best,

Peter Kirk
04-07-2010, 22:19
And there was me assuming a marker was your name for a navigation beacon of some sort!

05-07-2010, 06:27
Does the legend read 'Kenton R & R or RPR'?

Peter Kirk
05-07-2010, 07:05
I assume it's PBR. I keep looking at Kenton and wondering if it's RENTON. There are so many marks it is difficult to be sure.

05-07-2010, 07:14
Thanks Peter. The scale of your diagram is unclear. Is it indicating 'Kenton' as being up-coast from the town of Cromer?

05-07-2010, 08:35
I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned Runton which is in the right place, though I have to admit that the map clearly says 'KENTON', and to get two letters wrong is very surprising.


05-07-2010, 09:03
That's why I queried the location with respect to Cromer; but it is stretching it to suppose it should read Runton:)

P Bellamy
05-07-2010, 12:46
The plan shows what I presume are two offshore air-air range areas, No. 16 Cromer and No. 17 Winterton.
The only towns I can see the names of are Sheringham and North Walsham.

I've attached a quick GE Overlay in case it's of use.

All the best,

Peter Kirk
05-07-2010, 14:33
Thanks for the overlay. It implies that the target was on the beach so the road would have been on the edge of the danger area. That would make sighting impossible!
Maybe a wronly marked air to ground/sea range?

Peter Kirk
16-04-2012, 13:51
Solved! Kenton is a ship and the wreck was used as a target.

16-04-2012, 22:19
Thats good news, also shows your chart was made after march 41. Five other ships lay out there somewhere.

17-04-2012, 05:06
Solved! Kenton is a ship and the wreck was used as a target.

That's useful to know.

Is there an on-line record of shipwrecks around the British Isles? I got bogged down with Lloyds List and various others sites.

Ignore my request. I just clicked DG1 link!

Peter Kirk
17-04-2012, 12:57
Thanks DG1, that site might also help with my Skelbo problem.