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    Default Re: Patrington / Holmpton

    Holmpton also had an air to ground range on the coast and an air to air range just off the coast.

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    Heritage Open day at Holmpton , 10 September 2010 ;

    RAFHPS at RAF HOLMPTON wrote:
    This year in conjunction with English Heritage
    (HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2010) RAF Holmpton will be
    holding a special FREE visit on the morning of
    Friday 10th September - Gates 10.30am
    Visit 11am ending about 1pm.

    Our very special guest this year is Professor Nigel
    Butterworth, who was the Government's Chief Advisor
    (Emergency Planning) during the 1980's.
    Professor Butterworth was the
    person directly responsible for a huge number of
    Bunker Rebuilds and Refurbishments. Including the
    improvement of most of the ROC Group Controls, the
    building of some new RGHQ's at Chilmark, Cultybraggan
    and Crowborough, and the refurbishment of Hack Green,
    Skendleby and other sites.

    He was also responsible for the major builds and rebuilds
    at Naphill, Daws Hill, RAF Holmpton etc.

    The professor will be giving an illustrated talk (film & slides)
    and there will also be a walk through parts of RAF Holmpton
    which have never been open/seen before by visitors.

    Places are very limited and to obtain tickets go to www.rafholmpton.com
    then click on the Special Events Page and use the email link there.

    Steve Lewis
    RAF Holmpton

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    This email arrived yesterday via Nick Catford / Subbrit

    Due to a major failure of the ventilation system at Holmpton, the bunker will be closed for the rest of 2012 while repairs and/or replacement are made. The main intake motor has blown (this is original). It weighs 2 tons and is probably beyond economic repair.

    James Fox would like to apologise for any disappointment.

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    I used to visit RAF Patrington while I was based at North Luffenham during the period, roughly, 1972 to 1974.

    It was not a place we looked forward to visiting.

    I used to service the Ottringham TACAN beacon which used to be just off the main road from Keyingham to Ottringham. Both it and the ROC post on the other side of the road have now disappeared without trace.

    On occasion we used to have to visit the RAF Patrington domestic/technical site in the village of Patrington (now a caravan/leisure site) either to refuel or to kip in the transit accommodation (transit accommodation was generally poor, Patrington's was particularly bad). Both of these required a visit to the Guardroom to book in and out and invariably the Station Warrant Officer would catch us for some dress or hair infraction.

    I never visited the hole which is now RAF Holmpton back then, but did visit last year.

    Here are some photos

    the "bungalow" entrance to the bunker
    Oct11 272a.jpg

    A view over the top of the bunker from the car park
    Oct11 323a.jpg

    Looking down the long corridor from the bungalow
    Oct11 274a.jpg

    The main plotting table
    Oct11 321a.jpg

    The medical centre
    Oct11 313a.jpg

    The "Laptops"
    Oct11 308a.jpg

    RAF Patrington station crest
    Oct11 322a.jpg

    click on the tthimnails for larger versions
    I have more photos if anyone is interested

    Well worth a visit when it is open (unless you are claustrophobic)

    kevin

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    Great to see these Kevin, not seen the inside of this place before but it looks like an amazing place to visit. It is on my to do list. Maybe next year!

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    A few from my old collection taken just before its closure. Notice the drum of cable awaiting to be installed.
    patrton.jpg

    A rare snapshot of the modulator building
    patringtonmodulatorbldg.jpg

    And another.
    patringtonthrugateleft.jpg

    More when I find them!
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