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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
Doesn't look like Booker, don't know about the other two.
Langley Ministry of Supply plan 1955 ish?
GE '1945' view:
I don't think it is Denham but could be Booker
Doesn't look like Booker either.
Actually I wonder if it is the set of hangars in the woods with the white circular concrete nearby?
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:
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!
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.
That should clinch it then. Your photograph is Langley (Bristol) and the buildings were on the west edge of Home Wood.
Thanks Peter - unfortunately I do not have a date but it is either late 1940s or early 1950s.
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.
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