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    The attached aerial photo shows what looks to be two airstrips in Sussex near Wych Cross. The photo is centred around TQ 421 308. Any ideas?

    Peter


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    They are the Ashdown Forest emergency airstrips. There is a couple of references to them here;
    http://www.ashdownforest.org/history/sc ... uments.php
    and here;
    http://www.ashdown-forest.co.uk/record/ ... ow_to.html

    This is what the easterly strip looked like last year;
    http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/ashdownforest


    I'd like to know more about these so if anyone can help please let us know

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    Rich

    Those links are dead mate.

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    Try this link

    Cant find the other one now!

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    Default Re: Airstrip in Sussex?

    Try this
    Posting links on AIX isn't as easy as it used to be. Don't know why

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    I even checked the link out to make sure it worked before and after posting it - mmm, an email to the host I think!

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    Default Re: Airstrip in Sussex?

    Thanks for the links, and the perseverance with posting them. Were there others like this that do not appear in airfield lists? The one at Ashley Walk was new to me as well (Thanks to Daveg4otu's website for that one).

    Peter

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    Default Re: Ashdown Forest Emergency Landing Strips

    Hi,

    1st of two strange sites adjacent to the Northeast perimeter of the main, original ELS.



    TQ435304 – Concrete Blocks – 4 off – w/h/d: 6’/6’/?
    Location
    20 yards to east of A22;
    35 yards south of driveway to “Pipingford”;
    100 yards south of Milepost (on O/S map).

    Aspect
    The view south is along the A22 – about 400 yards south it dips away as it bears to the right.
    The blocks are within old coppice woodland and just south of an old track leading eastwards into Ashdown Forest.
    There are the remains of an old iron gate at the end of this track, and there are rusty remains of iron fence posts by the blocks.

    Description
    The four blocks are exposed about 2’ above ground.
    They are level, symmetrically placed and 4’8” apart.

    It has been suggested that they are the base of a tower of some form.

    Each base has a 6” x 6” square hole in the middle out of which are exposed two threaded shafts.
    Each threaded shaft has a bolt in situ.

    Photos

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    Hi,

    2nd of two strange sites adjacent to the Northeast perimeter of the main, original ELS.

    TQ434305 – Concrete Cylinders surrounding rectangular enclosure – w/h/d: 30’/120’/?



    Location
    8 yards to west of A22;
    120 yards north of driveway to “Chelwood”;
    65 yards north of Milepost (on O/S map).

    Aspect
    The view south is along the A22 – about 550 yards south it dips away as it bears to the right.
    The blocks are within old coppice woodland and just south of a car park.



    Description
    The cylinders are 2’6” tall and 2’ in diameter.
    They have a 21/4” diameter hole running down their centre.
    They resemble cylinders used for road blocks but, they are apparently used here to provide a perimeter to the site.
    The site appears to be a rectangle surrounded on all sides by a large no. of concrete cylinders on end, butted up against each other.
    The site is above the level of the surrounding area
    Whilst some of the blocks have fallen / been dislodged, it is apparent that they formed 4 perfectly straight edges to the rectangular site.
    The site is heavily overgrown with moss, bramble and coppice.
    Inside, the site can be divided into 3 distinct areas. The Northern & Southern most thirds are very uneven with occasional glimpses of concrete slab at all angles. The middle third is almost clear of rubble and is level.

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    Default Re: Ashdown Forest Emergency Landing Strips

    The first does look like a tower base but I would have thought more than two bolts. Could be for some sort of tank. The blocks could be a form of roadblock or tank obsatacle?
    They could also be nothing to do with anything military, although given the location it is not ecaxtly farmland.

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