Nice photos Mark, its really odd you chose today to post them as I was at Rougham/Bury St Edmunds today with Jason and went to find the BHQ!
There are traces of the gravel path shown in your phtoos above too.
Anyway, some photos of it as of 6 March 2010
Nice to see it's still in good condition.
Would love to know how that observation cuppola got skewed round like that, must weigh a few tonnes...
Great pictures Richard. Interesting that the cupola is out of place. From pictures I've seen of other BHQ's the cupola was supported on small sections of RSJ. I assumed it was cast in place and thus fixed but this suggests it was just resting on the RSJ's and may have been cast elsewhere and lifted into place?
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RIchard, is the Pyro Store still standing there along the lane to the tower? Just curious.
Looks to me like the cupola has been shifted out of place by a few inches, almost as if an JCB as nudged it?
Paul is right, it probably got clattered by a machine when the new building next to it was being out up. They do only rest on sections of RSJ, Richard has seen the Hunsdon example. There the RSJ has almost rusted right through. It wont be that many years before the weight of the cupola overcomes what is left of the steelwork.
If the cupola could be displaced that easily, it's lucky they were never used for their intended purpose. I'd imagine a nearby bomb or shell-burst would shift it too.
Just a thought,
Found this B17 Mighty Mike of the 94th BG, having a engine change at Bury St Edmonds
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