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KeMac
19-02-2012, 21:00
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Can anyone confirm if this is Langley as someone suggested it could be Booker or Denham where Airwork were also involved in the 1950s
Thanks

Richard Flagg
19-02-2012, 23:13
Doesn't look like Booker, don't know about the other two.

PETERTHEEATER
20-02-2012, 10:16
Langley Ministry of Supply plan 1955 ish?

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/LangleyMoSPlan.jpg

GE '1945' view:

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/LangleyGE1945view.jpg

I don't think it is Denham but could be Booker

Peter Kirk
20-02-2012, 21:56
Doesn't look like Booker either.

KeMac
20-02-2012, 22:35
Actually I wonder if it is the set of hangars in the woods with the white circular concrete nearby?

PETERTHEEATER
21-02-2012, 09:36
I think that you are right.

I found it difficult to match the old views with the current.

The wood in which that cluster of hangars is located is (was) named Home Wood and is here:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=51.49772980493104&lon=-0.5236530303955078&gz=17&oz=7&gt=1

Oddly, I can't see any structures recorded on old OS maps from mid 20's through mid '50's but maybe I'm looking in the wrong place!

KeMac
21-02-2012, 21:27
Peter the Homewood site was where Airwork were located at Langley to start with - At least it was called the Homewood site which was in or near woods.

PETERTHEEATER
22-02-2012, 06:11
That should clinch it then. Your photograph is Langley (Bristol) and the buildings were on the west edge of Home Wood.

What date?

KeMac
23-02-2012, 05:41
Thanks Peter - unfortunately I do not have a date but it is either late 1940s or early 1950s.

Activat
19-05-2014, 21:55
The thread seams to have faded with uncertainty. I knew the mapped area well the canal is the Slough arm of the Grand Union. Iver village is located within the "compass rose".
During the late seventies I spent several years rebuilding a boat on the arm. Ford had the site at that time building trucks and it wasn't uncommon to see a bare chassis with a driver in crash helmet and goggles out on the road

Some may have not realised that this is 5 miles from Heathrow.

I think the photo and the maps are the same location with the white concrete spot and buildings, the coincidence of a second location is however possible.
Denham I have been to, Booker I think I did in '72.

As for coincidence I discovered the 1945 overlay (or is it underlay) on G earth that covers London whilst looking in the Wisley/Pyrford areas and then kept looking around, Biggin Hill is forming a hard runway.
Strange that the date that is shown is 1st January 1945 (with the grid ref) whilst still at war though I think it could be later, what I am seeing, as I come from New Malden is no visible bomb damage, cars on the A3. I think I have some homework.

Alan