TF6303 : The Old Rectory in Bexwell

taken 11 years ago, near to Bexwell, Norfolk, Great Britain

The Old Rectory in Bexwell
The Old Rectory in Bexwell
During WW2, the Old Rectory served as the Officers' Mess of RAF Bexwell.

It adjoins St Mary's church > Link in the west. According to the Norfolk historian Blomefield the parish name probably is derived from a spring, well or a beck or run of water which had its rise in the spring called by the Saxons " Bechesuuella " or " Bekesuuella " but perhaps it originates from the Anglo Saxon name " Beccing " or the Danish personal name of Beck. Wellen is also a Danish family name. The parish is mentioned in Domesday Book of 1087. In 1845 the village consisted of - according to White`s Directory - 70 inhabitants, three houses, six cottages and 1,100 acres of land. Nine years later the parish population had risen to 87 and the number of houses to 15.
RAF Downham Market

The airfield was opened in mid-1942 as a satellite station for RAF Marham. It had three concrete runways which in the late 1970s were lifted and crushed for aggregate, to be used in the construction of the Downham Market by-pass, the A10 road. Only a tiny fragment remains in place today.

The station was home to No. 635 Squadron which formed part of the Pathfinder Force, flying the lead aircraft to mark bombing targets for the following formations. A memorial to two squadron members who were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross can be found on the green adjoining St Mary's church in Bexwell.

A number of buildings on the former Technical site have survived at what is now the Bexwell Business Park, and a former Mess building can be found on the Stonecross Industrial Estate. See also: Link

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Date Taken
Sunday, 19 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 20 April, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 630 034 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.2674N 0:24.3789E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 631 034
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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