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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis View Post
    Toby, I dont know how I missed this post from over a year ago but.......the farm was called Pottins Farm, there was also a pub demolished to make way for the airfield and that was the 'Kicking Dickey'
    Sorry for the slight delay in answering that one!
    Yes, I had worked it out from a copy of an old map which has hung on my parent's hall wall for ever. I think I am right in saying that Pottins lay on the intersection of the main with the E/W secondary. There were two roads running across the site, one vaguely along the course of the existing Matching - Abbess road, the other, on which Pottins lay, from Matching to White Roding via Waterloo Farm.

    Just to help, a copy of the photograph.

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    Not sure where the Kicking Dickey lay, as I don't think it shows up on the old map.

    PS Why has the photograph loaded as one of those annoying clickable thumbnails - something has changed in forum posting process?
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    .....the farm was called Pottins Farm,

    Denis, there is a structure named Poteens on a 1923 map.

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    Michael Scantlebury grows grass seed on most of his half of the airfield, which is lovely to look at. For some reason he has mown a large section along the line of the old main runway. It is actually about 10' wider than the runway was, but it looks at a glance as though it has been reincarnated.


    The surviving section of peritrack.


    Looking north along the main at the intersection. This is the right hand side of the main - the mown section can be seen on the left.


    All under a spectacularly beautiful June evening sky.
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    A photo of the tower I took in 2008


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    The local branch of the MVT held a vehicle run to Matching and Gt Dunmow airfields today. We had permission to enter a part of Matching not previously photographed before. We then went over to Gt Dunmow where we were treated rather unexpectedly to a glimpse inside the Crew Briefing hut. I shall post those images over there later.
    Good to meet Toby (Horrocks) at last, albeit briefly.

    A few images from Matching today....
    Vehicles outside the Free gunnery Trainer that is an Over Blister formerly used as a dry bagged cement shed while the airfield was under construction.

    Two interior shots of the structure.

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    Gas clothing & equipment store.
    A light fitting, The peritrack, Crew Room Locker and drying Room, only one span left of this unfortunately.

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    Inevitable question - where was that light fitting Denis ?

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    Hanging out the wall of the Gas clothing store Graham!
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    Had a little look around yesterday as i was nearby, still havent contacted the local farmers about having a look at the bits on their land.

    The Water Tower is still standing but didnt take a photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southend Spitfire View Post
    The Water Tower is still standing but didnt take a photo.
    Here's one...


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