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    Default No.11 Balloon Centre Pucklechurch (later RAF Pucklechurch)

    Here are some photos I took of the grade II listed sheds at Pucklechurch. Rare survivors now. Security guard on the industrial estate where they are located wasn't very keen to let me go and photograph them tho' !

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    Thanks for posting the photos. Luckily the sheda are easily recognisible. I have never been sure about photographing on industrial estates, as you say someone always decides to to tell you to go away. If they are on public land surell they can't. My experiences were from the seventies so I suspect it it worse now. Is it something to do with the roads being adopted by the local council or doesn't that happen anymore?

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    In this case I think it was just a jobsworth. He wanted to check with his boss and for me to come back another day, but after some negotiation we agreed he hadn't seen me!

    I took some pics of the other surviving shed at Pawlett a couple of years ago. The pics are on my Photobucket page. It's in a private yard. I've got their number and will give them a call next time I'm down there to see if I can go and have a closer look (not that it looks too safe!).

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    There was also an arrow (concrete?) near to the Pawlett shed that pointed to a target used for testing purposes. That may still b there but hidden. It wasn't too clear on the 1946 aerial photos.

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    Default Re: No.11 Balloon Centre Pucklechurch (later RAF Pucklechurch)

    There was a bombing range marker at Pawlett but it was demolished a few years ago. The shed was proposed for listing but was rejected by the secretary of state in 2001 (so much for preserving our heritage...). The other buildings on the site are falling down as well.

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    Default Re: No.11 Balloon Centre Pucklechurch (later RAF Pucklechurch)

    1955 Status:
    HQ No.62 Group, Group Reserve Centre, Aircraft Equipment Depot (satt of 7MU Quedgeley), No.2 Ground Radio Servicing Sqn. (90 Group)

    Technical:
    Equipment stores in 'A' hutting
    Signal technical stores in and radar servicing in steel/brick building
    Armoury and stores for SAA
    Storage facilities:
    4 Balloon sheds 28,000 sq ft
    1 Winch and trailer shed 60,000 sq ft
    2 Store buildings, heated, 1,750 sq ft
    7 Nissens, heated

    Admin:
    SHQ and office accomodation in steel, timber and asbestos buildings, with 'A' type timber hutting
    Lecture rooms in timber hutting

    Quarters:
    Single - 36 off + 40 SNCO + 452 airmen + 39 airwomen
    Married - 9 off + nil SNCO + 34 airmen

    Messing:
    38 off + 32 SNCO + 200 airmen in single sitting
    Catering capacity - 50 off + 100 SNCO + 300 airmen
    SSQ - 40 beds


    Services:
    Mains water and electricity. Simplex aerating sewage plant
    Water storage - three 30,000 gal static tanks
    Standby - 18kW Nunn
    MTGAS - six 2,000 gal underground tanks (3 tanks u/s)
    Street lighting, no PA

    Recreational:
    NAAFI Institute, church, small playing field

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