View Full Version : Grovely Wood Ordnance Depot (Oakley Farm site)

Richard Drew
11-01-2011, 11:18
I have the name above and I am not sure if this is correct and also I have no history for the site, can anybody help. (Note thread title was originally Oakley Farm RAF Ordnance Depot)

Oakley Farm RAF Ordnance Depot (http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlantikwall/awall_use/oakley_wood01/html/page01.htm) link to website pages.


Main Gate


There are still quite a few huts left.

This looks like a mess hut or accommodation.


There is also a full sewage site in the woods lower down and looks just like any RAF sewage site.


www.atlantikwall.co.uk (http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk)

11-01-2011, 17:15
It's the main HQ and accommodation site for the enormous 25,000 ton Grovely Wood USAAF ammunition depot, Station 592 , Richard.

Frequently misspelt Groveley.

RAFM Hendon site plan of the HQ site is 10365/55 (GW/1/21)

Your building 16 is the Institute for 301-375 (13072/41)

11/12 was the Dining Room (1383/42)

8 - the MT Shed & Office (MC/41/42)

3/4 Officers' Mess (5372/42)

Opened Oct 1942 as a Chilmark sub-site, then to USAAF. May 1946 back to RAF. closed 30 Nov 1949.

A good find


Richard Drew
11-01-2011, 22:10
Thank you Carnaby I had no idea Hendon has those sorts of plans.
If you go to ‘link to where’s the path’ (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=51.10586628915864&lon=-2.006549835205078&gz=15&oz=8&gt=2) and follow the OX drove to the left (click off hybrid and go to satellite view) and you can see the very long layby’s for ammunition storage on the road. Follow the Ox drove to where the metaled road ends and go due south and another road runs right down to the Salisbury road it too has more layby’s. I do have photos of this road somewhere I must put them up soon.

Also I have some photos of Longleat where there is still a blister hangar and several huts left. The one I have not looked at is Savernake.

12-01-2011, 08:28
Oakley Farm (A 1926 maps shows it as Oakley Barn!) was the HQ, administrative and accommodation centre. The main munitions storage sites were in Grovely Wood to the immediate east including Pitts Covert (Coppice) initially selected by the RAF because it was convenient to the GWR main-line at Wylie which became the railhead where dedicated sidings were built. Later, during the USAAF occupation, Great Wishford was also utilised

Heavy stores such as bombs and shells were stored in open, spaced stacks throughout the wood but 'softer' munitions such as Pyrotechnics, Fuzes etc were in Laing huts of which - according to records - there were hundreds.

The Nissen accommodation huts were in Thickhorn(e?) Copse.

The roadside fully open storage to the west (Ox Drive) was the result of overcapacity due to the D-Day build up.

Your mission now Richard, should you choose to accept it, is to access Grovely Woods and see what's left!

This picture makes an apt comparison to stacked munitions:


Street View: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=chilmark,+uk&sll=53.47091,0.157351&sspn=0.049046,0.110378&g=Donna+Nook,+Louth,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Chilmark,+Salisbury,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.107025,-1.993783&spn=0.006467,0.013797&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.107387,-1.993772&panoid=QuxL9a2hcRbVkb8xnMJO6g&cbp=12,291.86,,0,5.42

Richard Drew
12-01-2011, 09:47

From the above link is Grovely wood and have you seen how long that road is, all the way to Wilton!!!! a good walk. OK I take the challenge and the next walk with my wife (as its not too bunker/airfield related) will be along it. I think all the hutting has been removed by now, there are many tarmacked roadways that run off at right angles and rejoin later on. Every now and then there is a clearing of a hut base and maybe an air raid shelter. Anyway I will have a look.

The other Ordnance site is Baverstock. There was a large WW1 base there but also an American camp. Again I cannot find out much about it. We did find a TB hut beyond the village and a couple of hut bases, but that is all.

Richard Drew
12-01-2011, 21:00
http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlantikwall/awall_use/ordnancedepots07/pics/main02.jpga plan of what is around Oakley Farm

http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlantikwall/awall_use/ordnancedepots07/pics/main04.jpg and the widened roads

http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlantikwall/awall_use/ordnancedepots03/pics/main04.jpganother small one at Teffont Evias


More on Dinton as well http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlantikwall/awall_use/ordnancedepots01/html/page01.htm

13-01-2011, 08:10
A lot of current images of Grovely Wood on GeoGraph:


Dinton - a lovely site!

Baverstock is new to me, it may have had US Ordnance connections but was not, as far as I know, a munitions storage site. Edit: My records say that it was AAF Number 802 and was 4 Base Air Depot but what they did there? Paul should know.

Some excellent air to ground photographs here for Chilmark, Dinton and Baverstock stated to be former '9th USAAF BAse Depot'