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    There is one (RCAHMS says two) on private land just north of Sumburgh, visible on the left from the road.

    http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=tzd...ds&form=LMLTCC

    Was on the bus, so didn't get a chance to have a look/take a photo.

    Found a link to a photo of one:

    http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/p...um/6804404.jpg

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    Allen-Williams Turret at Radlett, 1 March 2009


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    I visited one that i know of at the weekend with my daughter.
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    Finding an Alan-Williams turret intact is a rarity; anything not bolted/welded down etc., etc.. Did find a good intact example, one of five, the others less intact, at Cockley Cley Hall in Norfolk. The hall had been requesitioned during WW2 and later became a POW camp for Italian troops.

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    There is only one still in situ @ Cockley Cley, as an estate worker had been given permission to 'restore' the others about twenty five years ago. The turrets were duly uplifted and taken to another part of the estate prior to conservation Other things got in the way of his 'project' and the turrets were just left in some woods on the estate. When we questioned him in the mid '90's as to where the A/Ws had actually been installed, his memory failed him, so we only found the one which hopefully is still there.

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    Does anyone know what this thing is, at Burnham Norton in Norfolk? It's listed on the DOB database/overlay as a typical A/W turret, & that's what it resembles from the road, but upon closer inspection there's no entrance, the "lid" doesn't seem to detach & the materials too thin. The location seems right for a turret though? Is it military at all?
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    This is one of those cases of a site not being inspected closely by the DoB recorder. It's not an AWT as there is no front hatch and what looks superficially like the top hatch is in the centre of the dome, whereas an AWT top hatch is offset. Its probably the top of an old boiler or something similar. That said it doesn't mean to say it wasn't used for a military purpose, although I can't think of any role it might have been useful for as there is no way to see out of it.

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    I just came across a photo of one of the Turrets at North Weald taken in 1989. It shows what appears to be a pair of mounting brackets attached to the cross bar. The other turret there does not have them. At the time both turrets had a full set of hatches but since BT sold the site off and there has been open access these have vanished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFleming View Post
    There is one (RCAHMS says two) on private land just north of Sumburgh, visible on the left from the road.

    http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=tzd...ds&form=LMLTCC

    Was on the bus, so didn't get a chance to have a look/take a photo.

    Found a link to a photo of one:

    http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/p...um/6804404.jpg
    The Sumburgh ones are here with some pictures of mine.

    Any ideas on the buildings at Goat near them?

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