I thought some of the members might be interested to see how HS2 will impact the old site.
The image below is a section of the plans around that area, I cant put the whole plan up its too big for me to scan, but this excerpt shows the way the line, marked as four dotted parallel lines, will literally cut the site in two.
You can also see that it will require a new entrance for the company currently housed in the old TX Hall and the complete destruction of the accommodation block and surrounding buildings.
I promised sometime ago that I would bring you some amazing new images of the old site as it is today and here they are.
There are quite a few, choose to run through a slideshow or look at them as thumbnails and open them up individually. Most of all I hope you enjoy them.
This started as an attempt to record the site before HS2 demolishes the “new” accommodation block this year. The line will run right through the site and it will be changed forever. The entrance will go, the remains of any of the concrete plinths will be removed and the accommodation building will disappear. I find it quite sad. I was stationed here for almost five years from April 1982 to January 1987, I married the local barmaid during that time and on demob, I came back to this area. All my family have grown up and now live and work in the surrounding towns and villages.
These images are the culmination of weeks, possibly months of work by the Greatworth Park Management seeking permission from HS2 and yours truly finding someone who could and would be prepared to do this for us without payment and then agreeing the transfer any ownership etc. I am forever grateful to Amanda at Greatworth Park but especially to a man named Phillip Jolley who I didn’t know until recently but who answered my call to arms, gave up his time for free and pushed this through until we had these photos and videos.
Mr Jolley retains all copyright on the images here but they are reproduced with his permission. Please respect this.
I have received the following request from a company called Wardell Armstrong LLP:
We have been commissioned by Fusion/HS2 to undertake some documentary research in relation to the accommodation block at the former transmitter station serving RAF Greatworth.
It would be fantastic if we could get some information from people who were posted there, and who remember first-hand how the building functioned over the years so that we can get a really good understanding both of how the building was used, and of the significance of the building to the community, before it is affected by HS2.
The building is due to be demolished to make way for HS2 … If you have any stories, pictures or anecdotes that relate to the “new” accomodation block, can you please send them to me so that I can forward them on – you can use the email address admin at raf-greatworth.com (replace ” at ” with @)
The same people are also researching the RAF Site at Chipping Warden, if any of you have information or have any contacts with people who served there would you please get in touch.